Share Tweet 598 Views no discussions BusinessLocalNews National Abattoir back in operation by: – April 30, 2018 The meat and poultry displayed at the Mini Agriculture Fair on Friday 27 April 2018The National Abattoir, located at One Mile in Portsmouth, is back in operation and supplying fresh poultry and meat for local consumption.The abattoir, which was a gift from former president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was compromised as a result of Hurricane Maria.On Friday 27 April 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture hosted a mini agricultural fair downstairs the Government Headquarters in Roseau.“All the chicken and the pork that is being displayed here and has been cooked here came from the Abattoir,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries told members of the media. “We lost a lot of the buildings and a lot of animals were actually dying because of the sun, so we had to activate that from an animal welfare point of view to ensure that the animals didn’t suffer,” Dr Thomas explained.The abattoir was therefore reactivated in November 2017 and “from that time we have been slaughtering animals, particularly pork, immediately after the storm”. “We operate from our own generators and we are able to keep fresh pork on the market, fresh chicken on the market,” he indicated. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is currently under taking repair work on the national abattoir to help increase output of poultry and meat available for consumption.“The chicken will take a little longer to come back in full swing post Maria because like 98% of the buildings were destroyed, so we are now rebuilding,” Dr Thomas said.“We are just starting to get back in our production as it relates to the local chicken, but we are working with the farmers and trying to rebuild Dominica, in a sustainable and a resilient manner,” he added. Share Share Sharing is caring!