Ha­lal chicken fac­tory to rise in Maguin­danao

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BULUAN, Maguin­danao -- Lo­cal of­fi­cials here are set to in­au­gu­rate the firstever “pure” ha­lal dressed chicken fac­tory be­ing built in this provin­cial cap­i­tal town.

Maguin­danao Board­mem­ber Jazzer Man­gu­da­datu said the ha­lal dressed chicken pro­duc­tion area will be the first of its kind in Maguin­danao, in the Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao and prob­a­bly in the coun­try.

The provin­cial law­maker toured lo­cal jour­nal­ists to the fac­tory site on Sun­day. He said the fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore the end of this year and to be in­au­gu­rated in Fe­bru­ary to co­in­cide with the 3rd “Inaul” (Mus­lim Wo­ven Cloth) Fes­ti­val.

Once op­er­a­tional, the young Man­gu­da­datu said the fac­tory could process an av­er­age of 30,000 pieces of dressed chicken daily.

For­eign in­vestors part­nered with the Man­gu­da­datu po­lit­i­cal clan of Maguin­danao in es­tab­lish­ing the fac­tory to en­sure ha­lal chicken sup­plies are avail­able in the lo­cal and re­gional mar­kets.

Na­tional “ha­lal” in­dus­try con­sul­tant Sani Ma­ca­balang said the pro­duc­tion of pure ha­lal chicken in­volves not only the slaugh­ter of chicken ac­cord­ing to Is­lamic tra­di­tion, but also the rais­ing of chicken ac­cord­ing to ha­lal stan­dards.

Ac­cord­ing to Man­gu­da­datu, dressed chicken in the mar­ket to­day may have been slaugh­tered ac­cord­ing to Is­lamic tra­di­tion but un­cer­tain how they were raised.

The project is a joint ven­ture be­tween lo­cal traders and Malaysian in­vestors who see chicken pro­duc­tion the ha­lal way as a means of en­sur­ing dressed chicken in the mar­ket are safe and per­mis­si­ble to Is­lamic law.

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