Industry stakeholders have come to consensus on measures that will increase the production and supply capacity of the domestic poultry sector.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, Hon. Emma Hippolyte in collaboration with Agriculture Minister Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste, established a working group earlier this year with stakeholders within the poultry industry to jointly formulate a strategy and plan of action to improve the poultry sector. The stakeholders included hatchers, producers, farmers, processors, distributors and retailers.
Under the guidance of an independent consultant, the working group held a number of meetings and extensive consultations to achieve a three-fold objective: determine the best approach to achieve industry growth; minimize any adverse effects on consumers, farmers, processors, retailers and other stakeholders; and maintain existing regional and international trade obligations.
As a result, an incremental approach to improving the production and supply capacity of the domestic poultry sector was agreed to by all parties. The approach was considered necessary as it ensured that consumer prices remained as stable as possible.
The Ministry of Commerce said that the Ministry of Agriculture will announce the details of the implementation of the new policy measures to industry stakeholders.
It also expressed gratitude to stakeholders within the industry for their efforts, commitment and sacrifices made to support the development of the domestic poultry sector. Their collaborative efforts, it said, will help result in the growth of the poultry sector for the benefit of the Saint Lucian people.