US helps fund Kyrgyz halal slaughterhouse


NARYN, Kyrgyzstan -- Adal Azyk, a large Kyrgyz meat processing firm, opened a slaughterhouse in Kochkor District, Naryn Province, with US assistance, said the US embassy in Bishkek in a Monday (September 18) statement.

The halal slaughterhouse is one of only two in Kyrgyzstan to possess the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification required by international customers. The HAACP certification enables the slaughterhouse to export meat around the world.

The facility will create jobs and become a major buyer of local cattle, said Luis Hernandez, director of Economic Growth Programmes at US Agency for International Development (USAID)/Kyrgyz Republic. It has the capacity to process more than 10,000 animals per year.

USAID paid for a production line and provided technical assistance to farmers and to Adal Azyk.

USAID works with more than 55 agro-businesses throughout Kyrgyzstan.

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