What’s Trending: Poultry threat
Sun, March 24, 2013 - 10:44 AM
The Nation’s Associate Editor, Sherie Holder-Olutayo takes a look at wjhat’s trending today in Barbados.
Readers today are talking about the hit the Barbados Poultry Industry is taking because major fast food outlets want to import most if not all of their meat. Here are some of their comments.
Sandrea Butcher: Well, I knew that this was coming. But guess what, the production of chicken appears to be productively inefficient (high average cost of production), so you can't blame the businesses. So what are our options? Something needs to be done because we are constantly talking about reducing imports.
1. Should the government put a ban on the import of chicken products? Not a good option based on the 'free trade' that the WTO has been preaching (but not practising singe large countries subsidise production of commodities such as rum).
2. Should chicken producers seek to expand production to the point efficiently, where they achieve economies of scale? Maybe they could change their production methods to become large enough to export free-range, 'organic' chicken which is in high demand by health conscious consumers. Mr Paul, give us some options and seek to solve the problems. Don't just discuss the problems. You will be talking about this again next year. Stupse!
Cheese On: Well before they gain entry place in the agreement, contract or whatever that they can open business once they use local poultry or beef to operate that business!That's what I would do, rather than give them permission and then grumble about it afterwards! Then we wonder why our foreign exchange is almost non-existent. Don't say tourism because the high rate of crime is hurting that seriously!
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