Ministry promises poultry egg producers help
Larry Cartwright, newly-appointed Minister of
Agriculture and Marine Resources, has promised to support local egg producers
who are suffering as a result of imported eggs.
Farmers in the Bahamas have been pleading for help for over a year now.
Cartwright said that the Ministry is aware of the situation and is looking to
solve the problem.
Owner of Nassau-based Rainbow farms, Larry Feingold, asked that the
government abide by its policy, which states that as long as the industry can
supply all the eggs needed in The Bahamas, the government would not allow any
foreign eggs to be introduced.
Cartwright acknowledged the policy and stated that the only legal and
logical reason for the influx of imported eggs is if the demand can't be
supplied locally, adding that the only way foreign eggs could be introduced is
by permit from the Ministry of Agriculture. He stressed that the Ministry is
aware of the problem, and will investigate and solve it.
Feingold maintains that with its Grand Bahama partner, Sunshine Farms Grand
Bahama, the demand of the Bahamian population of 323,000 can be satisfied.
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