21 Oct 2004

Solomons asks for UN help to set up an abattoir

4:18 pm on 21 October 2004

The Director of Livestock in Solomon Islands has appealed to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation for urgent help in making an abattoir in Honiara.

Duddley Wate says the Solomon's only abattoir was destroyed during the ethnic tension a few years ago.

Mr Wate says since then animals that have been slaughtered in make-shift operations.

"They sort of of slaughter in a backyard place, a local place, a farm or something like that. It is a health risk because it is not the right place to slaughter animals."

Mr Wate says in the current global environment with mad cow disease and bird flu there is a real urgency for an abattoir.

He says a small abattoir would cost more than 180-thousand US dollars.