To ensure the supply of healthy meat during the Dashain festival, Kathmandu Metropolitan City(KMC) plans to monitor goat and meat markets starting mid September.
With Kathmandu being the major market for meat products, thousands of goats are brought into the valley from across the country and neighbouring India during the Dashain festival.
The metropolis has been conducting the market monitoring for the last three years, and this year, it plans to start the campaign two weeks ahead of the festival.
“After the monitoring, like in the previous years, we plan to paint the horns of goats — green for the healthy and red for the unhealthy ones,” said Narendra Bajracharya, an official at KMC’s Public Health and Social Welfare Department.
“But this year, we also
plan to provide necessary medication for unhealthy animals when kept under our observation.”
In the past, traders had to purchase medicines from the deployed teams. The unhealthy goats with red horns will be kept under medical observation for 24 hours. If they recover, the goats will be declared edible and re-painted green.
KMC, in cooperation with District Livestock Service Office, Nepal Food Corporation and Nepal Agricultural Council, will give goats a final check and categorise them. “We have formed four monitoring groups, which will be deployed to check the health condition of as many goats as possible,” said Bajrachrya.
The monitoring teams consist of experts, including doctors, veterinarians and administrative staff. The groups will be deployed at major meat markets like Kalanki, Balaju, Bagbazaar, Balaju and Tinkune for two weeks.
“We will put all the effort to insure consumers get healthy meat. And, people should also be self-aware about their health” said Sanath Kumar Thapa, chief at the KMC’s Public Health and Social Welfare Department.
Besides, KMC has also been monitoring slaughter houses to control the consumption of tainted meat. “People also have to opt for frozen meat, and develop a concept that frozen is the safest meat” said Bajrachrya.
Traders estimate 50,000 to 60,000 goats, including mountain goats, will be consumed in the valley during this year’s festival. KMC plans to monitor around 35,000 to 40,000 goats during the campaign.