Mobile poultry processor funded for B.C. interior

The federal government’s plan to diversify regions of British Columbia where infestations of mountain pine beetle have hit the forestry sector will include funds for a mobile poultry-processing unit.

The federal Western Economic Diversification department will put up $220,000 through its two-year, $33 million Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI), for the Cariboo-Central Interior Poultry Producers Association to create a mobile unit to help encourage growth in the poultry industry.

“The project will also increase the availability of safe, inspected, locally grown food for residents, and help meet a growing demand for poultry in our region,” local MP Dick Harris said in a release Monday.

“The contribution from the government of Canada is instrumental in assisting producers to move forward in their operations,” Cariboo-Central Interior Poultry Producers Association president Christine Piltz said in the WED release.

“It will also help to facilitate agriculture diversification by providing opportunities to small scale farmers in the region.”

Another $170,000 in CEDI funds will go to the Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corp. toward completing the design, engineering and related activities on about 18 acres of city-owned land designated for light industrial development.

The project would help create 16 “serviced, market-ready, light industrial lots” to full subdivision standards at Quesnel, about 120 km south of Prince George.

“The project will also identify and secure private and/or public-private partnerships for funding more development and marketing,” WED said.

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