Silver Fern Farms investment a big plus for Pareora
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is welcoming news that Silver Fern Farms intends to invest $5 million dollars in its Pareora site.
The farmer-controlled cooperative has announced a proposal to close its Islington venison processing plant and construct a new integrated plant in Pareora, where it already processes lamb and beef.
Mrs Dean says it's a move that will benefit the local economy. "Silver Fern Farms is already a significant employer and this announcement looks set to enhance its presence in the area.
"The creation of any employment opportunities would be welcome and the presence of more workers on-site, whether they be staff re-locating from Islington or new employees to the company, would bring benefits to the township.
"This expansion shows Silver Fern Farms' intentions for the future development of its operations and provides a welcome 'shot in the arm' for the Pareora township."