Monday 19 November, 2018

Nutrimix to construct state-of-the art $30m hatchery

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Shameer Ronnie Mohammed, Nutrimix Director unveil the foundation stone for the Nutrimix’s Next Generation Hatchery.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Shameer Ronnie Mohammed, Nutrimix Director unveil the foundation stone for the Nutrimix’s Next Generation Hatchery.

Food processing company Nutrimix has announced a $30 million investment in the agricultural sector with the construction of its Next Generation Hatchery in Couva.

Construction on the facility is expected to begin almost immediately.

Speaking at the Sod Turning Ceremony for the new hatchery on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley described the investment as a significant one from the private sector, adding that the launch for the construction of the hatchery represents the model the government wishes to pursue aggressively for the development of a stronger agricultural sector.

He lauded the Nutrimix Group for the major undertaking and reaffirmed the commitment of the Government to partner with the private sector to support business activity which develops and grows the economy in alignment with its vision.

The new state-of-the art facility which will be located at the Corner of Rivulet and Captain Watson Roads, Brechin Castle, Couva, will be the most modern of its kind in the wider Caribbean and represents the single largest investment in agriculture locally over the last 5 years.

The new facility is expected to boost local employment.

Some 100 persons will be employed during the 18 month period of its construction and 50 persons when it is operational.

The first phase of the facility will have the capacity for approximately 1.3 million eggs with provisions for an additional 1.7 million eggs.

Congratulating the Nutrimix Group of Companies on achieving this milestone, Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon said the investment will bring benefits beyond the Nutrimix Group as it will also strengthen and build capacity in the local poultry industry and the wider manufacturing and agriculture value chains through collaboration with suppliers and customers”.

Noting that the imports of chicken accounted for over 90 percent of total imports of poultry which comprise 19,000 tonnes of chicken valued at TT $122 million, Gopee-Scoon said that building capacity in the local poultry industry will contribute towards the reduction of our exorbitant food import bill.

Minister Gopee-Scoon also reaffirmed the Government’s ongoing commitment to current and prospective investors; to partner, and to provide robust and well-coordinated investment facilitation and encouraged businesses to place themselves in a position to capitalise on available opportunities provided by the Government.

 

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