Canada funds for poultry industry

CANADA - The Canadian Government is providing CAN$363 000 (EC$806 000) in financial assistance to the Caribbean poultry industry to help regional producers become better able to compete in the international market.

The funds are being provided through the St Lucia-based Caribbean Regional Programme for Economic Competitiveness (CPEC) to the Caribbean Poultry Association (CPA).

The project seeks to develop a series of regulations, codes of practice and best practices for the table egg and broiler industry throughout the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region so as to allow it to achieve international standards.

“For us, achieving international competitiveness is quite a task because largely, we in CARICOM remain small producers,” said the executive director of the CPA, Robert Best.

He added that there have been positive developments, as leading producers in Jamaica and Barbados now subscribe to an international database where every month they submit their production efficiency figures which compare favourably with those of top producers in North and Central America.

“They have, in the last six months to a year, been achieving positions in the top ten per cent of producers in North and Central America in areas that are not scale-dependent such as mortality, hatchability, processing plant yield,” he said.

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