Canada: Major pork plant construction
The plans to construct a new one million-head-per-year
hog slaughtering plant in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is progressing as
planned. Construction is to start this summer.
The Saskatchewan government is supporting the project; however it is not
interested in an equity position. The Saskatchewan Hog Slaughter Plant
Initiative is a partnership between Fishing Lake First Nation, the Saskatchewan
Pork Development Board and Big Sky Farms.
Jim Ramsay, project consultant for Fishing
Lake First Nation and chairman of the project has said, "Originally we were
talking about construction starting in June or July of 2008 and we have not
moved off of that mark." He added, "We've passed our major milestone, which was
the completion of the business development plan and we're currently getting the
resources together for the next phase, which is the tendering stage."
Plans to construct follow Maple Leaf's closure
planning for the new plant started when Maple Leaf announced in October 2006
that it would shut down its slaughter facility in the city, leaving the province
without a hog slaughtering plant. Because of the closing of Maple Leaf's plant,
farmers have had to battle with greater transportation costs as they move their
hogs over greater distances.
"This will expand the market and reduce producers' transportation costs,
which are significant," said Ramsay.
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