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Governor will allot $250K to revive Tinian cattle industry

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres has pledged $250,000 of Imperial Pacific International’s $10 million community chest fund to construct a slaughterhouse on Tinian and help revive its cattle industry.

The governor met with the Tinian leadership last week and discussed the project. As sign of his support of the Tinian Cattlemen Association and the island leadership, he said he has chosen the Tinian slaughterhouse to be among the community projects that will be funded by the $10 million contributed by IPI as part of its  casino-license agreement with the CNMI government.

Sen. Jude Hofschneider, in an interview on Wednesday, said he is pleased with the governor’s commitment to help Tinian revive its cattle industry.

The senator said Tinian used to be known for its distinctive beef and was the region’s main source of beef when the Micronesian Development Co. still raised cattle on the island. When the company shut down, Tinian residents continued to raise cattle but for subsistence purposes only.

Hofschneider said  “there are still a lot of things that we need to do to move this project forward, but this is a good start,” referring to the governor’s support.

He said they will collaborate with the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to ensure that the slaughterhouse inspectors will be trained and certified.

“The delegation will provide funding for the training, and we are considering the nearest school that offers this kind of program like the University of Hawaii. We don’t know yet how much it will cost to train personnel to become certified inspectors.”

Hofschneider said preparations for the construction of a slaughterhouse will include looking for an appropriate location, procuring equipment and hiring personnel.

“There is lots of work to do here, and it also involves transportation and marketing issues, but at least now we’re finally moving forward,” he added.