– to process 30 head of cattle per day
THE Ministry of Agriculture, through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be constructing a “high efficiency” ready-to-use abattoir in the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA), Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).
According to the ministry, the proposed abattoir will house a slaughterhouse to process 30 head of cattle per day.
The project will be implemented in multiple stages with the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) studies; design and construction of the proposed facility and operation. In accordance with national and IDB guidelines, an ESIA has been commissioned for the project.
A public scoping meeting was held at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building on Monday. The aim was to provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss questions and matters which they require to be answered or considered in the Environmental Impact Study.
In a Department of Information (DPI) report early this year, The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) said Region Five is deemed the most suitable location for the abattoir since Regions Five and Six are the largest cattle producing regions.
Despite the country is self-sufficient in meat production, the GLDA noted that there is still some amount of importation occurring because of the quality required by the fast food industry and other internationally aligned sectors.
The construction of the abattoir will bring new opportunities for the local meat industry.
(Source – Guyana Chronicle)