|Paula’s $M plan for Moruga |
Friday, May 19 2017
TRADE and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon earlier this week revealed a million-dollar plan for Moruga during a meeting on ‘Development Initiatives’ at St Mary’s Government Primary School. She said this is the Government’s latest initiative to accelerate economic diversification.
She revealed an agro-processing and light industrial park will be built on 18.83 acres of State land situated in Saunders Trace and will initially house five factory shells. The project represents an investment of approximately $69.3 million towards the further development of Moruga and environs.
The Park, with all required infrastructure, will be sub-divided into 18 plots (small, medium and large) to cater to businesses of all sizes.
Outlining the specifics of the facility, Gopee-Scoon said it will allow for processing of raw materials and intermediate products that originate from agriculture, forestry and fisheries, including the preservation of meats, fish, fruit and vegetables.
The manufacture of food products and the conversion of fresh produce into semi-processed raw material or processed products, will also be done at the park.
Targeted business will also include those involved in the manufacture of bakery products, pasta products, confectionary and starch products; the manufacture of beverages, wine and the blending of spirits; and facilities for the canning, bottling and freezing of finished products’.
Gopee-Scoon noted these initiatives are expected to facilitate economic growth and the development of environmentally sustainable local, regional and international businesses, engaged in downstream activities in the agricultural sector; thereby encouraging the further development of the community and the creation of world class entrepreneurs.
She added, “The development of this Agro-Processing and Light Industrial Park underscores our commitment to the provision of an enabling economic environment for our investors but more than ever the generation of real and sustainable developmental opportunities for the Moruga community.” Phase I of the project (logistical planning) is currently being undertaken and Phase 2 (construction) is set to commence in January.
Speaking of the opportunities, the Trade Minister said the construction phase will provide substantial employment for residents of Moruga and once completed and operational, we estimate that the Park will provide further employment for well over 500 people.
A lso addressing the audience were Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries; Kazim Hosein, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government; Imtiaz Ahamad, Chairman of eTecK and Frank Barnes, CEO of Udecott.
Barnes outlined various plans for the area which include road improvement, port and fishing facility development and agricultural nursery projects, among others.
Moruga/Tableland MP Lovell Francis said this kind of development is what Moruga has been waiting for and he was thrilled that is finally becoming a reality.
The meeting played host to over 100 representatives of stakeholder groups with the Moruga community.