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Westmoreland farmers to benefit from construction of new abattoir

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM
From left: Mark Jones, chairman, Rural Agricultural Development Authority; Robert Hoehener, owner, Arosa Group of Companies; and Annabel Williams, managing director, Kew Park Farm. Occasion was the official opening of an abattoir located on the property of Kew Park Farm in Bethel Town, Westmoreland. - CONTRIBUTED

THE WESTERN Agricultural sector is expected to benefit from the construction of an ISO 2000 compliant abattoir with cold storage, located in close proximity to the community of Belvedere in Westmoreland.

Robert Hoehener, owner of Arosa Limited, officially opened the facility at Kew Park Farm, Bethel Town, in early December.

Hoehener's contribution to maintaining the highest standards of quality in the production and distribution of fine meats, spans over 40 years in Jamaica.

According to a release from Arosa Limited, Hoehener's investment was his way of confirming his commitment to supporting local agriculture in Jamaica, and giving Jamaicans the opportunity to play a role in the output of products that can compete on the global market.

"My company has never had to compromise on quality in the processing of our meats. Jamaica has been our home for 24 years - since inception - and Arosa meats have always been prepared to compete in the global arena," stated Hoehener during the opening ceremony.

"This abattoir is a symbol of our commitment both to local agriculture and to continuing to provide superior quality to our consumers here in Jamaica."

Exclusive arrangement

Investing in this abattoir also means that Arosa Limited will have pigs slaughtered exclusively at the Kew Park unit, which is currently providing the company with an average of 60 pigs per week.

Founded in 1986, Arosa first opened its doors with the mission of processing and selling meats. Every component of its manufacturing procedure has remained localised, and the company has consistently maintained the highest international standards in the quality of its meats. Arosa offers an extensive line of sausages and other prepared meats which are sold out of its Drax Hall, St Ann offices.