The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support the pork industry in the country through the financing of $2,053,887 for a new pork processing facility in San Juan Opico, La Libertad. USDA will provide financing through its project “La Libertad Pork Processing Facility Equipment for Improved Safety and Quality Management.” The pork processing facility construction will be carried out by the Salvadoran Association of Pig Farmers (ASPORC).
The U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes, said: “With this facility, El Salvador is taking an important step to increase its competitiveness in the global market by meeting all the international requirements for pork products.”
The new pork processing facility will boost the pork sector in the framework of the Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) and will allow the export of Salvadoran products to new markets.
The Vice President of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz; the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion, Carlos Castaneda; the U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes; the President of ASPORC, Juan José Arce; and the Mayor of San Juan Opico, Ramón Triguero participated in the act of placing the first stone of the pork processing facility, which will create more than 150 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs.