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Improve your facilities, NEMA orders Dagoretti slaughter houses

NEMA has ordered all slaughterhouses to apply for the effluent discharge licence within seven days in a bid to curb environmental pollution from the facilities.

The Authority says that failure to acquire the document will prompt the Veterinary officer of the particular slaughterhouses to withdraw his services. In an inspection meeting on four slaughter houses in Dagoretti held on October 9 at the Authority’s head offices, the attendees termed the facilities high risk, majorly due to their wanton effluent discharges to the environment. They observed that, of the four slaughterhouses, none had obtained an effluent discharge licence from the Authority despite all of them discharging to the environment. They also noted that solid waste comprising of dung, fur, rumen contents and other screened parts were being carried off-sitefarms but they could not ascertain their management status at the destination point. In view of this, the inspectors tasked all the directors of the slaughterhouses, in a meeting held October 11 at NEMA head office, to conduct an analysis of the waste water on a quarterly basis and a report of the same be submitted to the Authority. While also observing that there was reduced housekeeping and maintenance of the treatment facilities, the inspectors called for improved housekeeping in terms of waste management and maintenance of these facilities.