‘The construction of a new abattoir is being advanced’ – Agriculture Minister Roland Royer

Agriculture Minister Roland Royer

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.


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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 20, 2023

    How come Dominicans are allowed to submit bids on a Chicken slaughter house, however, our people were not given the opportunity to bid on the so called lengthening of the Melville Hall Airport, whereas a Barbados entity was hand picked, and handed that entity a contract on a silver platter?
    I suppose the reason is simple this: it doesn’t take brain to pick up a chicken, wring its neck, or take a cutlass (machete) and chop off the chicken head and watch blood run: then plunge it in hot water, and pluck the feathers.
    That’s all the intelligence Roosevelt believes our people have!
    Now the reason our people are not getting any contracts costing large amounts of money is because they are not prepared to give the master thief any part of it.
    Dem doh want to give any kickback to the master thief oui.
    Roland, scumbags like you and Roosevelt has reduced our people to absolute nothing, things like you reduce our skill educated people to the level of hunters and gatherers!

  2. Galileo
    November 20, 2023

    You are the one embarrassing your loved ones. I see nothing embarrassing in the person’s question to their family. The embarrassment is for the incompetent government that keeps wasting our resources and lying and the gullible supporters like you.

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  3. Rasta Pasta
    November 20, 2023

    @Peeping Tom:
    I thought that was a valid question. I mean no disrespect, and you seem to know the answer, so could you please enlighten the ignorant ones like myself? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  4. edge
    November 20, 2023

    Promises are comfort for fools …..
    We have we fooled for too much for too long.

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  5. Petes
    November 20, 2023

    Our country is a country where mediocrity reigns large. Just look at all those people that call themselves leaders. One more dunce then the other and one more corrupt then the other.

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  6. Peeping Tom
    November 20, 2023

    Great work, Hon. Royer!!

    BTW, for all those crying about “jobs for Dominicans” you now have an added opportunity to put your money where your mouth is; show that you are not all talk and fluff.

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  7. November 18, 2023

    Do the young people of Dominica have any interest in the economic development of our country? I don’t think so especially those purchased political appointees; what a shame and disgrace, to our youthful race and the future of our country; let me tell you something little boy “se pa sot ki fai nous led”.

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  8. Just Asking
    November 18, 2023

    A lot of double talk gobbledygook – This is the new one. So, what about the old one, or the one tested in 2015 where big tings-a-gwan and 1000 birds an hour?

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  9. Accountant
    November 18, 2023

    May I ask why the previous abattoir and coffee roasting factory never became operational? Lots of money went into these projects but absolutely nothing to show for it. Somebody needs to be held for this sorry state of affair. What’s going on in our country?? The main problem is, we have a PM that’s only interested of winning elections at all cost and selling record number of passports. None of those favourite activities of his have benefited our country in any shape or form.

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    • We Know Better
      November 20, 2023

      In the real world heads would roll for such dismal acts of money 💰 eating and non-performance, to the tune of millions so casually.
      Like it belongs to daddy and there’s nothing daddy can do, no policy, no job loss nothing; that’s why we are here.

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    • Peeping Tom
      November 20, 2023

      “May I ask why the previous abattoir and coffee roasting factory never became operational? Lots of money went into these projects but absolutely nothing to show for it.”

      Your ignorance is showing! Inform yourself first. If you do not know, avoid those stupid conclusions. Spare your parents and your spouse and kids the embarrassment.

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