Agriculture Minister dismisses claims of pork glut on market
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has dismissed suggestions that there is a pork glut on the market threatening the viability of some local farmers.
The Opposition has accused the Government of contributing to the glut by granting permits for imported pork and pork products.
However, at a press conference today, Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda said he is unaware of a pork glut.
Samuda says he only knows that there is an adequate supply of pork in the market.
Yesterday, president of the Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association Hanif Brown told our news centre that for the first time ever, some 500,000 kilogrammes of pork is in storage.
He said over the past four months local pork sales have been declining.
However, speaking at the press conference today, Brown agreed with Minister Samuda that there is no glut in the local pork market.
He said his association has been encouraging farmers to reduce their production of pork because of the excess supply in the market.
Corporate Affairs Manager for the Caribbean Broilers Group Dr Keith Amiel has also said the company is hurting from the oversupply of pork.