Wisynco boss says milk powder importation will not threaten local producers
The chairman of Wisynco William Mahfood is rejecting assertions that his company's impending importation of milk powder could threaten local milk producers.
Wisynco through Trade Winds Limited has applied to the Jamaica Dairy Development Board to import milk powder that an opposition MP is alleging was linked to political victimisation.
Dayton Campbell, the Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture raised the issue in parliament while questioning the dismissal of the board's head, Hugh Graham.
Mahfood says a recent application was rejected but noted that it's a trend with applications made in the past two years.
He added that about a month ago, the company met with the board and the agriculture minister, which he said ended with a view that the permits would be issued.
Mahfood says Trade Winds Limited is now in the process of selecting an overseas supplier to include in a new application to be made.
He added that only 21 per cent of dairy consumed in Jamaica is locally produced.