Agriculture Minister Roland Royer has announced that bids have been submitted for the designing and building of a new abattoir. He made the announcement during a recently held National Agriculture and Fisheries awards ceremony held at the State House Conference Centre.
“The construction of a new abattoir is being advanced,” he said. “Bids for designing and building the facility have been submitted, while we undertake short-term renovation to maintain operations.”
A $10-million abattoir, financed by the government of Venezuela, was built with the aim of ensuring food security, reducing the food import bill, and providing employment in Dominica.
Testing of the abattoir in Layou Park began in 2015.
On January 23rd, 2017 Johnson Drigo, who was agriculture minister at the time, said during the testing of the abattoir 4,000 birds and 250 pigs would be slaughtered at the facility until it was tested to the maximum.
The expected capacity output of the facility at the time was 1,000 birds per hour and 50 pigs per day.
Meanwhile, Royer said the rehabilitation of a coffee plant in One Mile in Portsmouth is also in the cards.
“We have received the shipment of the coffee roasting equipment from Milan Italy as part of our efforts of resuming coffee operations at One Mile,” he said. “This project will also see the rehabilitation of the coffee and we look forward to the commencement of works for the rehabilitation and establishment of new feeds and the marketing of our local Dominica branded coffee.
Royer continued, “Works on the tissue culture facility has been progressing satisfactorily with physical construction works rescheduled for completion in February 2024.”
Furthermore, he stated that several young people have completed training in tissue culture in China to commence operation by March 2024.
He said works at the agricultural stations are a high priority with plans to set up a new agricultural conference centre in Gullet River, and new administrative and storage facilities at the central livestock farm to name a few.
“Tenders for the facilities should be published by the end of this month,” Royer revealed.