Update: Trinidad to lower chicken prices
No cheap chickens for Christmas or even New
Not only will consumers have to wait for about another two weeks before the
final approval is given for the importation of poultry products to Trinidad from
Guyana to help combat rising chicken prices, but Guyana was now had a chicken
Trade and Industry Minister Kenneth Valley said the
Government was yet to give its final approval for Guyanese poultry products to
be exported to Trinidad. Last week, he announced the Government's plan to begin
importing poultry and other meat products from Guyana. Valley had
said that Cabinet approved the removal of the 40% import surcharge on poultry
products and that the Government had identified Guyana as a candidate for meat
importation in the first instance, with Belize and Argentina to follow.
However, it was now reported that there was now a chicken shortage in
Guyana and that country's government had reduced the tariffs to allow chicken
imports of 750,000 mt for the Christmas season but none of the meat had yet
The paper said the potential exporter for the poultry products to Trinidad,
Didco, hoped to have written approval from the Government to begin chicken
exports in January.
Didco's proprietor Deo Singh told Starbroek News he expected by that time
there will be a glut in the chicken market, adding that no chicken will be
exported before next year since the local market is "tight." Valley said that
failing private sector importation the Government will either use the National
Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (Namdevco) or the National
Flour Mills (NFM.
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