Agriculture Ministry holds talks with Grenada Poultry Association
Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture met with the Executive of the Grenada Association of Poultry Producers (GAPP) with the aim of charting the way forward for a successful future for poultry and poultry producers on the island.
At the meeting, Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford stated: “The Ministry is developing a proposal to offer direct support to poultry farmers; however, it would be very difficult for the Ministry to do so if the association doesn’t get its house in order.
For many years, COVID-19 will be a very bitter taste in our mouths but if we fail to realise the tremendous opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for the agriculture sector, and in particular, the poultry subsector, we would have surely wasted a crisis.”
(In photo: President of the Grenada Association of Poultry Producers, Jason Phillip)
Poultry Association president Jason Phillip said the meeting was a first step towards the rejuvenation of the poultry sub-sector: “I will like to say thank you for affording us the opportunity, collectively, to meet with you in such a time, where we desperately need guidance, assistance and support collectively, so that we are able to have a very successful industry for the future.”
The Poultry Association, like every other entity, was not immune to the effects of COVID-19, and has faced its fair share of challenges.
Phillip said: “Collectively, we need to find solutions, so that we can move ourselves forward, move the association forward and move the industry forward in so doing.
I am very desperate coming from this session, to see solutions, pathways to solutions so that we can work our way through.”
(In photo: Agriculture Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford, PS Elvis Morain and Chief Veterinary and Livestock Officer Dr Kimmond Cummings)
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary, Elvis Morain, said the effects of COVID-19 should be an eye-opener for the poultry sector: “What we want is to have a pathway where we believe that we can see growth and development for this sector.
We have to ensure that this period provides us with an opportunity to do things better.
We can see all the pitfalls that happen now, but we are asking ourselves, God forbid, if there is another situation like that, will we be better positioned to go forward.”
PS Morain said the meeting was very positive, and he remains optimistic that GAPP can lead a viable poultry sector in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.