Mill to provide significant employment for residents in the area
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has welcomed the decision by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Grains Flour Mill to establish a facility in the south of the island, saying it will provide significant employment for residents in the area.
Anthony, who toured the facility earlier this week, said that it is a major boost for the south of the island, adding “I welcome this investment, particularly because of the job opportunities it presents now and in the future”.
Anthony, who is also the parliamentary representative for the Vieux Fort constituency, said that over the years, successive governments have had the challenge of dealing with unemployment in Vieux Fort, since most of the factories located there have closed and moved overseas claiming the high cost of operations in St. Lucia.
“The challenge then has been to find alternatives and to attract investors to the south of the island. Therefore, this is a timely and much appreciated investment in Vieux Fort. For many, it is nostalgic, as a flour mill once existed in the same location.”
Anthony said the facility, which is expected ti provide employment for at least 100 people, once fully operational would make the island self-sufficient in flour.
The investors have expressed a desire to be fully operational by November this year.