Province is providing nearly $3 million to Nicola Valley meat processing, Gateway 286 and City of Merritt

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By Aaron Schulze

Merritt Recovery

May 13, 2022 | 9:57

MERRITT, BC – The Government of British Columbia has provided three separate grants to support economic development in the Nicola Valley and recovery efforts in Merritt following the November 2021 floods.

In a news release issued Friday morning, May 13, the province announced it would provide a $1 million grant to the Small-Scale Meat Producers Association to build a community slaughterhouse in the Merritt area. It will provide meat processing and cutting and packaging services to local farmers and ranchers.

“With recent changes to BC’s meat licensing system and investments in facilities like the Nicola Valley Community Slaughterhouse, this revitalization of the small-scale meat industry is making it easier to produce, buying and selling BC meat in our rural communities and helps build our food security and food resilience,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food.

The abattoir will be a government-licensed and inspected facility offering a full range of red meat processing services. The province says the facility will provide new opportunities for meat processing and allow local farmers and ranchers to grow their businesses and create greater opportunities to maximize profits.

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