May 2, 2020 – Collaborative efforts between the Government of Grenada and the Grenada Association of Poultry Producers, resulted in a shipment of emergency feed arriving on Saturday, for immediate distribution to farmers across the country.
The need for the emergency shipment arose due to the closure of Caribbean Agro Industries, the primary supplier of such products.
Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and CARICOM Affairs, Honourable Oliver Joseph, said Government was prompt in taking the necessary actions to facilitate the shipment.
He said, “The process required issuance of a trade licence to the Grenada Association of Poultry Producers and a waiver of Government duties on the shipment, both of which were promptly facilitated by the respective ministries. These are challenging times but through collaboration among stakeholders, we can overcome the hurdles that may arise. Government is certainly pleased to have been able to help facilitate the supply of feed for poultry producers and we reiterate our commitment to the farmers of the country. Now more than ever, we have to focus on ensuring the survival of local industries and improving the country’s food security.” Minister Joseph said Government is prepared to facilitate other requests for trade licences to import feed to ensure that poultry farmers are not faced with a similar shortage, during the COVID-19 pandemic.