Kumasi — THE KUMASI Abattoir Company Limited (KACL) established under a CIDA grant in 1998 would need about GHÂÂ¢700,000.00 to revamp the company.
KACL, which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance, has SSNIT as its major stakeholder with the KMA and the various Butchers Associations as main shareholders.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr. J.O. Boadi told The Chronicle in an interview that the company will need such amount to replace the equipment of the company which are now obsolete to enable the company, being a social service provider, to operate effectively and hygienically.
According to Mr. Boadi, the company is rendering public service and, therefore, cannot charge high fees; hence its inability raise enough funds to import machines and, therefore, compelled to use old machines to operate. He said the company is only mandated to slaughter cows for butchers at a fee having imported the cattle from neighbouring Burkina Faso at their own resources.
He mentioned that the company uses eight saw blades at the cost of GHÂÂ¢800.00 every day for its operations and that it is not easy raising the amount for production over a one month. Mr. Boadi said the company, which is operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and public health would need government interventions every year to be able to operate effectively.
He said butchers must be encouraged to render good services to the general public and that management was doing everything possible to get things done in hygienic way and stop butchers from slaughtering cows on the ground.
Mr. Boadi further underscored that management was making efforts and would not hesitate if the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and government of the day could come to their aid to help revamp and modernized the company for effective use. He appealed to the government to help butchers to improve upon working conditions and assist in the procurement of raw materials.