An Chistin – the Food Hub in Castlerea – has been allocated €100,000 in REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) funding, local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed today (Monday).
The project will include a fully equipped which will allow individuals to train, develop and manufacture food products without incurring significant start-up costs. It will also serve as a training facility for chefs for the catering industry.
“This funding is extremely welcome as the development of a Food Hub in Castlerea is vitally important not just to support local employment but also to help local food companies and food entrepreneurs to convert good ideas into viable businesses,” stated Minister Naughten.
“In this way they will initially be able to provide employment for themselves while in the medium term going on to create significant employment in the West Roscommon area.
“A facility such as this can help to leverage research and innovation capability from the likes of Athlone IT and Sligo IT and translate that into support for local job creation.”
Minister Naughten added: “I would like to compliment the work that has been done by the local committee, Roscommon County Council, Roscommon LEADER Partnership and the Local Enterprise Office to date in progressing this vital project and I am looking forward to officially launching the Food Hub in Castlerea on 9th December.”