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Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited Group (CPJ), on Friday (February 15), officially launched the operations of its newest meat processing plant, situated at Montego Freeport, Montego Bay, St. James.

The facility was officially opened during a ceremony held at the complex, which was attended by several officials and other guests, headed by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke.

The plant, which was established at a cost of approximately US$4 million, is expected to provide employment for some 43 persons.

In his remarks, CPJ Executive Chairman, Mark Hart, in highlighting the increased demand for high quality meat products locally, indicated that the company is moving to see how best these needs can be fulfilled, while pointing out that “we have developed and will be rolling out products for the retail market”. He also advised that the company plans to tap into several overseas markets.

Delivering brief remarks, Minister Clarke, in welcoming the facility’s opening, commended CPJ on the extent of its investment, citing it as a strong display of confidence in Jamaica.

Noting Jamaica’s current economic challenges, Mr. Clarke said the Ministry, being mindful of this, is committed to doing everything necessary to pilot the country through these developments, by advocating and facilitating increased agricultural production locally.

“Our responsibility is to encourage local production, and anybody who decides to partner with us, we are prepared to partner with them,” the Minister underscored.