Sonoran governor touts new border slaughterhouse in Agua Prieta

Published: Monday, January 17, 2022 - 5:05am

Sonora’s governor is touting a new slaughterhouse in the border city of Agua Prieta.

That federally certified facility — just across the border from Douglas, Arizona — will have a daily capacity of 1,500 animals and provide an estimated 500 jobs, according to Gov. Alfonso Durazo. That represents a significant addition to the state’s slaughterhouse capacity, according to state data.

Construction is privately funded, but the project has the backing of the federal Agricultural and Rural Development Ministry (SADER), which is now based in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora’s second-largest city.

At a recent press conference with Durazo, Ministry head Victor Villalobos said that the project came about in response to a binational call and will in part be able to satisfy demand from north of the border.

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