The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Halal meat processing plant slated for Miyazaki Prefecture

- By Shota Yamasaki Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

MIYAZAKI — A halal-certi ed meat processing plant is to be constructe­d in Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture, with the aim of expanding exports of the prefecture’s beef to Muslims around the world.

Yonezo Arita, a local cattle producer and processor, and three others formed a company named Scrum Export Meat Miyazaki Co., which is expected to begin operating the plant in spring 2024.

Well-known Miyazaki meat company Miyachiku is an investor in the new venture.

e processing plant, which will create products that meet halal standards in accordance with Islamic precepts, will have a total oor space of about 4,500 square meters. Accepting cattle from ranches both inside and out of the prefecture, the company foresees a processing capacity of 50 cattle per day, or 12,000 per year.

e project is slated to cost about ¥4.37 billion, part of which will be subsidized through a government program to promote meat exports. Constructi­on is scheduled to start in November.

According to Scrum Export, in order to receive halal certi cation, plants must meet certain strict requiremen­ts, such as being located at least ve kilometers from pig farms.

e Miyazaki prefectura­l government said there are already eight such slaughterh­ouses in Japan, including in Hokkaido and Hyogo and Kumamoto prefecture­s.

Exports of Miyazaki beef to overseas markets are on the rise, reaching a record high of about ¥6.9 billion in scal 2021 — up 40% from the previous year. e main export destinatio­ns are the United States, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Scrum Export is aiming for markets in such Islamic countries as Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

“It is said that followers of Islam make up about onefourth of the world’s population,” said Arita, who is serving as the company president.

“Constructi­ng the plant now gives us a competitiv­e advantage [in promoting exports]. We hope to help stabilize the operations of livestock farmers being hit hard by the novel coronaviru­s pandemic and soaring oil prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” (Oct. 10)

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