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Gov’t to ensure sustainability of meat processing facility

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GIS –The Government of Saint Lucia’s focus for the new meat processing facility is sustainability.

As the facility nears completion Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Production, Cooperatives and Rural Development, Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste said government is concerned about the management of the facility.

“We do not want this facility to be a white elephant and we are going to ensure that we speak to the experts, and people with the relevant experience so that when we open the meat processing facility, it will have a management structure and a management arrangement that will ensure its sustainability.”

In addition, Minister Jn. Baptiste said the Ministry of Finance is studying a report prepared by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), that will help safeguard the facility’s effective and efficient management.

“So we are almost at the point where we will switch on the saws and switch on the machines and I am very happy about this,” Mr. Jn. Baptiste said. “It took some doing but I am very happy that we were able to pull it off.”

The minister added that meetings have been held with the country’s meat producers to allay concerns, and provide updates on the progress of the meat processing facility.

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4 comments

  1. Facts are this government was not the ones who conceptualized and started it. This is why it was left there for so long. It is so sad and unfortunate that one government's vision is never seen from the perspective of the vision of a country. Why can't projects in the name of the people continue from one government to the next? Not only would it have the effect of continual development but cost saving on the public purse. It also speaks to the idea of good governance.

    My dear brothers and sisters, politics is killing us and costing us a fortune. What if we were to save all this wasted monies that politics have cost us do you think that we would need so much aid?

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  2. AT LAST WE WILL HAVE A PLACE WHERE WE CAN SLAUGHTER ALL THE STRAY COWS WHICH ROAM THE CHOC AREA.
    A COW IN MY FREEZER IS MUCH BETTER THAN ONE ON MY WINDSCREEN!

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  3. Any For profit organisation that government has any form of managerial input in is dommed to fail. They should take a note from jamaica and how the pig farmers over there came together to for a viable entity stablise the market

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  4. now you all concerned about the management of the facility and whether it will be a white elephant like the fisheries freezers in Vieux Fort. These assessments should have been done before the facility was even designed.

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