Gov't says poultry import ban will not cause local shortage
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Donovan Stanberry, says he does not expect any shortage of chicken meat or poultry products arising from the restriction on imports from parts of North America.
Yesterday, the ministry announced the immediate ban on all poultry and poultry products as well as by-products from eight states in the US and British Columbia in Canada.
It said the measure was in response to the outbreak of bird flu in those areas.
Today, poultry producers warned consumers to brace for a shortage of chicken and poultry products because of the ban.
But speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre today, Stanberry said the importation of chicken meat and related products can continue from other markets in the US and elsewhere in the world.
He also said the local market has adequate supply to respond to the demand.
The permanent secretary said importers with in-transit shipments of chicken meat and other poultry products will not be affected by the ban.
He also explained that shipments currently at sea and at the wharf are coming from areas not on the banned list.
According to Stanberry, the National Emergency Animal Disease Committee remains activated and the Agriculture Ministry has started its public education about bird flu and safety protocols among farmers.