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Wednesday, 02 November 2016

Caribbean poultry sector looks for import restrictions to defend industry

While poultry farms are making serious efforts, including financial investments, to make the region self-sufficient, several issues such as illegal imports from Brazil and cheap ‘dump chicken’ from the US are harming the industry, local entrepreneurs say. According to Trevin Nairne, export manager with Jamaica Broilers, throughout the Caribbean B-grade chicken is being imported from the US “that clearly is being dumped”. Meanwhile, Brazilian, Mexican and Chilean chicken is also entering the regional market. Nairne wondered how it is possible that a large facility such as Jamaica Broilers, which produces high quality products, exists in the region and yet inferior quality chicken is allowed to enter the regional market. During several events at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in the Cayman Islands, representatives of international and regional institutions, policymakers and farmers lamented the fact that unhealthy foods especially are entering the Caribbean in staggering amounts. Desmond Ali, executive director of the Caribbean Poultry Association (CPA), said that for some time the organization has raised its concerns regarding the influx of chicken from outside the region.

Source: caribbeannewsnow.com