Kazakhstan launches major halal meat processing plant

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SHAFAQNA – Kazakhstan’s LLP Aktep has opened a major meat processing plant in the Aktobe region in the west of the country. The new facility is certified to halal standards and will process 7,200 tonnes of beef annually.

It is believed the project will be instrumental in developing Kazakhstan’s beef industry, which currently faces a lack of processing capacity. The project’s investment cost is estimated at KZT2 billion (US$6.5m), including KZT140m (US$450,000) allocated by the country’s authorities for local infrastructure.

At the opening of the plant, Vice-Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Isayeva said the facility would have a huge impact on the development of beef industry in the west of Kazakhstan. “The project will result in an increase in the number of livestock and will expand the export potential of the region. The plant will create 88 new jobs,” said Berdybek Saparbayev, governor of the Aktobe region.

According to company representatives, the production cycle will be based on the latest European technology, and processing will be fully automated. Meat will be produced in quarter-carcases and half-carcases, in the form of semi-finished products and minced vacuum-packed products.

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