ST LUCIA - A new meat processing complex at Beauséjour, Vieux Fort on St Lucia has been completed.
The new facility will operate as a central marketing and processing plant, which will create a marketing network to supply hotels, supermarkets and community based distribution outlets.
The complex also has the potential to enhance the capacity of a growing livestock industry, the St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony (pictured) said in his budget speech last week.
“Those who conceptualised this facility believed that this initiative would enhance value added, while strengthening linkages between the livestock sector and other sub sectors of the economy,” he said.
“We should note, however, that for the Meat Processing Facility to be a success, we will need a resurgence in livestock rearing in the country.
“We will have to ensure the necessary throughput volumes to make this venture viable and profitable. I shall speak to this later in my presentation.”
To achieve this, Dr Anthony said that the St Lucia Government has received $1.26 million grant funding from through South-South Cooperation, for the implementation of the Livestock Development Programme in the year 2015/16 financial year.
He said the project will establish the Beauséjour Agriculture Station as a national centre of excellence through infrastructure improvements and the breeding and multiplication of quality livestock.
“The project seeks to create an enabling environment to increase the production of, and access to, safe quality livestock products,” said Dr Anthony.
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