Haiti experiencing massive egg and chicken shortages
Haiti is experiencing food shortages due to the ban on
poultry imports from the Dominican Republic. Also, concerns regarding prices
have been stressed.
Haitian officials declared the ban this week, which follows 115 Dominican
chickens tested positive for a strain of avian flu.
Egg prices at the
market in Port-au-Prince's La Saline district sky rocketed to 25%. Buyers and
merchants at the stalls at the outdoor market are concerned that supplies could
soon run out.
"What are we going to do now? This is what I make a living
from, this is what I use to send my kids to school," said Chantal Louisius, who
normally sells eggs that her husband buys at the Dominican border.
Imports from Dominican Republic
Haiti imports at
least 1 million eggs and hundreds of thousands of chickens from the Dominican
Republic daily, said Jolivier Toussaint, director of imports for the Haitian
The outbreak was detected last month in the eastern
Dominican Republic when fighting roosters awaiting export to Colombia were
tested and was discovered to be carrying the H5N2 strain of avian flu, which is
not a danger to humans.
According to Toussaint, the ban will be lifted
when Dominican authorities are confident the flu strain has been
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