Possible insurance scheme for poultry industry
The Barbados Government and a poultry industry group
are in discussions about the establishment of an insurance scheme for the
Agriculture Minister Erskine Griffith said the scheme would help farmers to
recover more quickly in the event of an outbreak of avian
or some other disease.
Minister Griffith was speaking to the media following the opening ceremony
of the National Agricultural Consultation.
The minister also revealed that a talking point today will also be the
possibility of establishing a poultry board.
â€œWe need to make sure that the entire industry is covered and that the
small, medium and large producers can work together so that everyone would
benefit,â€ he said.
Moments earlier, commenting on the future of the agricultural sector, he
told those gathered for the consultation, that the focus needs to be on
modernising the sector in order to not only stay current, but competitive.
â€œIn this rapidly changing international environment it has become necessary
for us to do everything within our power to modernise the agricultural sector
with two major objectives in mind. First, ensuring our food security, and
secondly and very importantly, putting the sector to the point where it can
compete in spite of the unfriendly international environment in which we live.
â€œWe are not going to improve the competitiveness of the sector by simply
talking ... the only way we are going to be able to compete in this
international environment is if we make use of all available technology to
improve our productivity, keep our costs down and expand our production levels,â€
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