The Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise (AAAE) cancelled the planned construction of a new 17,400 sqm abattoir facility around the area commonly known as Hanna Mariam and is moving to another place which is two kilometers away from the original location.
The new abattoir will lay on a 34,000 square meters plot.
A meeting consortium group from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia is carrying out the study of the new slaughtering house.
DegamlakDender, planning officer of AAAE told Capital that the move came because the previous plot which was selected 18 years ago is mountainous, will cost huge amount of money and doesn’t entertain full modern service.
“The study group also suggested that the planned abattoir is below international standard and we are forced to choose another place” Degamlak said.
He said that the new abattoir is estimated to cost between USD 65 million to USD 70 million and France promised to provide USD 40 million as technical assistance.
“To help develop the new site we looked Ireland as an example. This is because, like Ethiopia, the facility for the Abattoir is located within a close proximity of a major airport, both are located within 10 km radius” Degamlak said.
The enterprise plans to introduce export slaughtering services and accommodate environmental mitigation. The export service will be conducted by means of an automatic line which can handle bulls, sheep, and goats.
It will also host a biogas plant and a water treatment plant that will enable the treatment and reuse of water. The facility will also serve as a research center for higher educational institutions.
When the current Abattoir located around Kera area was constructed in 1957 it was surrounded by woodlands, today, it is located in a densely populated urban area near the African Union Headquarters. This makes it difficult to transport cattle for slaughtering and distribution.