There has been a delay in the opening of the La Sagesse Processing Plant in St. David with the original date given of July 2016 being shifted to November 2016.
The La Sagesse Processing Plant, owned by a regional company known as Winfresh, in which Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent are shareholders, has been dormant for a number of years and the government of Grenada has taken the decision to use the facility to develop the agro-processing industry.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Senator Simon Stiell said there has been a setback in receiving specialist equipment for the plant.
Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing at the Ministerial Complex last week Tuesday, Sen. Stiell said there have been delays in receiving specialist equipment for juicing, pumping, and making ice cream, jams, and jellies.
In addition, he said the scope operations of the plant that “is far greater from what the original plant was equipped for”.
“Everything is being equipped brand new, state of the art agro-processing equipment”, he added.
According to the government minister, the Board of Directors of Winfresh will hold a meeting later this month in which the details of the planned opening will become much clearer.
“…I can assure you that the Grenada partners are pushing heavily to get that plant opened,” he said.
Sen. Stiell sees the plant as one that will be beneficial to the farmers of St. David’s and surrounding areas since “the production capacity of that facility is going to be significant”.
“They are not only going to be producing for our local market but they’re looking to export regionally and internationally. This is a facility that will put Grenada on the agro-processing map.
“We keep talking about our agro-business and the need for us to move our agricultural sector further up the value chain.
Sen. Stiell assured farmers that they will have a market for their produce and in the process a lot of employment will be created on the island as a result of the coming on stream of the plant.