Ministry of Agriculture: No shortage of Christmas chicken

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries assures that there is no shortage of Christmas chickens in the country.

In a update yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries said there were sufficient supplies for the Christmas period, following concerns raised by Ravi Ratiram, deputy for Couva Nord on chickens not included in some of the food baskets provided by the ministry’s welfare program.

The ministry said the Food Box program was extended until December and NAMDEVCO was able to acquire chickens on credit.

“The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries denies the claim made by Ravi Ratiram, Member of Parliament (MP), that there is a shortage of local chicken in the market. Our local chicken processors have informed the department that they continued to meet the continued demand for chicken, as the Christmas and year-end peak periods approach. “

“With the decision to also extend the Food Box program for another three months from October to December 2021 and the demand for local chicken with the reopening of bars and food businesses, the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) was able to acquire chickens on credit on certain days and in specific quantities. Based on this, the local chicken is included in the food boxes when the chicken is available for NAMDEVCO. “

The ministry said that during the October / November period, some MPs called for no chicken to be included in food boxes because their constituents observed the traditional fasting period.

The ministry said it was working with the finance ministry to fund current commitments to local chicken processors and farmers, as already approved by Cabinet, and to do so before the Food Box program ends the current cycle on December 22, 2021.

Ratiram said no poultry had been included in food baskets for his constituency in recent weeks, and also referred to the increase in chicken prices at local plumage shops.

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