Terrill Hollis, meat plant manager for Fort Valley State University’s Meat Technology Center, demonstrates how to operate a meat packing unit to a delegation visiting from Tobago Jan. 14.
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 Jan. 13-14. The group comprised of six government officials and engineers toured the Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center (GSRREC) on campus. The delegates visited 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 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 delegation 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 more information about FVSU’s Meat Technology Center, contact Kouakou at (478) 827-3091 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.