We have been reporting on the concerns of residents that there is a low supply of chicken in the country. As we have heard from the Poultry Association, there is no shortage, just a demand that is higher than they expected. They are already working on fixing the issue, and the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, stated that the chicken suppliers in the country have enough experience to remedy the situation.
Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture: “This ministry has taken the view that these are private sector businesses. We have moved away from the fact of subsistence farming and that sort of thing and try to lift the farmers up into an arena where they are business persons and so there’s a demand supply pressure on every market that is the business formula and these people have been in business long enough so they know how to manage this- Caribbean Chicken and Quality Poultry have been in business long enough they know how to manage this. There was a glut because of course the tourism trade evaporated over night – bam- there was no tourist coming as simple as that it didn’t decline it just stopped and then of course there was also export of spent hens into Guatemala they were doing that on a consistent basis as well that also went the route of the informal trade that also stopped so that created a glut on the market. You know what that does the chickens at the same time are growing and growing and so they do reach an age as I understand it where they become old hens they don’t stop growing because we couldn’t sell them. And so they had to balance all of that out to be able to manage the market. The argument that in fact those chickens could have been thrown on the domestic market would have meant that there would been a large over supply and the plants would have had to perhaps close until that reduces and open up back again and that is not a formula, that is in fact a formula for disaster.”