$50m for poultry farmers islandwide

January 27, 2022
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., addressing the House of Representatives on January 25. (Contributed photo)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has announced a $50-million allocation to support poultry farmers across the island.

Portfolio Minister, Pearnel Charles Jr., said the funds will be distributed through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) based on the needs of each farmer.

Making the announcement during Tuesday’s (January 25) sitting of the House of Representatives, he said it will be used to assist with the purchase of feed, chicks and medication.

He added that the move is part of efforts to bolster the local poultry sector and help farmers secure input supplies.

“We have heard the complaints of our farmers regarding increased prices in fertilisers and inability to secure baby chicks, among other things. It is for this reason that I am taking steps to immediately assist our farmers and provide well-needed relief in these most challenging times,” he said.

Minister Charles said in short order, the ministry will address the issue relating to fertiliser, “another critical ingredient in the production process.”


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