New Zealand’s meat sector is launching a recruitment initiative to attract halal butchers to the industry.
Annually, the New Zealand meat industry needs about 250 workers to process halal meat, of which about 100 will be filled by New Zealand residents or those with open work visas, Rural News reports. In the past, Muslim butchers have come from countries such as Fiji and Malaysia.
However, the closure of the country’s borders due to the Covid 19 pandemic means there are no immigrant halal butchers and deboners available, writes the magazine. Therefore, the industry would encourage Muslim New Zealanders to start a career in the red meat sector.
“Halal processing is a key component of the New Zealand meat processing industry, with about 43% of New Zealand’s total red meat exports being halal-certified for Muslim consumers,” told Sirma Karapeeva, executive director of the Meat Industry Association, to Rural News. This contributes to export revenues of about $3.3 billion.