April 17, 2012
Abergale International Livestock Development plc, Ethiopia is to begin the export of fresh meat through the newly constructed cold storage area at the Mekelle Alula Aba Nega International Airport.
Abergale buys animals from farmer’s co-operatives and traders in Amhara, Afar and Tigray Regional states. The animals are housed in four different locations with veterinarian checks for quality before they are taken to slaughterhouses for export to various destinations; Angola, Egypt, the Comoros Island, and gulf countries like Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates according to Gebre Egziabher Kidanu Head of the Marketing Department of the company.The company operates a slaughterhouse with the capacity to accommodate 240 cattle, 960 sheep and goats every eight hours.
The frozen de-boned meat used to be transported through Port Djibouti and Bole International Airport resulting in complaints from customers about the effects on the quality of the meat he noted.
The company is currently waiting for the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise to set the rent for the storage area for the meat.
The cold storage area at Alula Aba Nega International Airport will begin operations this June. The Mekelle airport storage area can store 150 tons of goods and perishable exports including fruits and vegetables, flowers, meat and fish said Wondim Teklu, Head of Public Relations with the Ethiopia Airports Enterprise.
The construction and installation of machinery at the storage area was carried out by Dutch company Geerlofs while the road connecting the storage area with the airport is being completed by the staff of the Enterprise. An office complex for the storage is being constructed by Gibril Geresu, a local construction company.
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