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No big impact from poultry imports

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

No big impact from poultry imports

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IMPORTS by the state-owned Barbados Agricultural and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) have had “little impact” on the local poultry industry.
That’s according to the findings of a BADMC-commissioned study released today, which was conducted by two researchers from the University of the West Indies.
It was a response to the recent controversy over the importation of two containers of chicken wings without consultation with farmers who charged that such imports would damage the sector.
The researchers found that while the BADMC has the authority through an agreed quota to import 16.8 million kilograms of poultry annually, it has elected to use only about half of that amount.
The study pointed out that while the entire poultry industry averages about $150 million in sales per year, last year, the BADMC’s imports were worth an estimated $5.5 million or about four per cent.
According to the report, given the small size of the poultry imports, it is therefore not surprising that the analysis suggests that there was little or no relationship between BADMC’s imports and poultry production. (AB)