Mirabeau Abattoir soon to be opened

The commissioning of the Abattoir at Mirabeau, St. Andrew’s is likely to take place shortly.

Agriculture Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford made the announcement on Tuesday during the weekly post-Cabinet briefing at the Ministry of Works Conference Room.

Minister Bain-Horsford promised that a date for the opening of the abattoir will be provided by next week.

She said a few logistics needed to be sought out for the building including the installation of some basic furnishings such as counter tops.

The senior Government Minister said the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Agriculture are working very closely together to ensure that everything is in place for the functioning of the facility.

The construction of the Mirabeau Abattoir formed part of the Grenville Market Square Development Project which included a modern market square facility, and a bus terminus to the tune of EC $29M with an additional $769,000 on consultancy, and more than $1.1M on equipment.

It was started by the 2008-13 Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government.

The ruling New National Party (NNP) administration of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell has been coming under heavy criticism from Congress for its failure to have the abattoir opened within a quick space of time.

“Sometimes we think it’s so easy to open something, but there is so much things involved in this abattoir to ensure that we have it right because it is a state of the art building,” said Minister Bain-Horsford.

According to the minister, the facility is designed for upscale slaughtering of animals.
It is expected that once the Mirabeau Abattoir begins to function, all slaughtering of animals will take place there.

Former Agriculture Minister Roland Bhola had previously announced that one of the reasons for the delay in the opening of the abattoir was due to the fact that government was awaiting the importation of specially designed trucks that will be used to transport the meat to the various Parishes.

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