Meat processors islandwide have been urged to modernize their facilities, in order to boost the output of by-products which can be derived from animals reared for consumption.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, contends that this move will significantly reduce foreign exchange expenditure on by-product imports, which can be produced locally, while generating employment.
Speaking at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) pig census/value chain analysis workshop, staged under a US$15 million Work Bank-funded Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), at the Alhambra Inn, Kingston, on February 26, Mr. Clarke cited the “sound footing” on which the pig sub-sector has been placed, consequent on significant strides made by the farmers and other stakeholders.
“When one looks at the level of investment that is being put in the pig industry, one understands that these (stakeholders) are very serious about the growth and development of the industry. That level of investment cannot be made to come to naught,” he said.