Jan. 24, 2014 – Fort Valley State University, an 1890 land-grant institution internationally known for research in goat and sheep production, was a prime stop for a traveling delegation from Tobago on Jan. 13-14. The group, comprised of six government officials and engineers, recently toured the Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center (GSRREC) on campus.
Delegates visited FVSU facilities to become acquainted with modern equipment and techniques used in meat processing. Dr. Brou Kouakou, director of the GSRREC, said a new meat processing plant is scheduled to open in Tobago in August 2015.
“They wanted to come here and see what we have, get some ideas, learn from our experience and incorporate this knowledge in their planning process,” Kouakou said.
Godwind Adams, secretary for the Tobago Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and Environment and leader of the group, said the delegation is impressed with the organization and efficiency used to operate the center.
The visiting group also met briefly with FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith and administrators from the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology.
Kouakou says this could be the beginning of a mutual relationship between Tobago and FVSU that could lead to exchange programs involving faculty, staff and students in the future.
For details about FVSU’s Meat Technology Center, contact Kouakou at (478) 827-3091 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FVSU Agricultural Communications Department