An investigation has been launched to determine what was responsible for the shortage of eggs last Christmas in order to avoid a reccurrence.
At the same time, President of the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association (BEPPA) Carlyle Brathwaite has assured Barbadians that the local egg and poultry industry is safe.
Due to a reported shortage last month, some suppliers were scrambling to fulfill demands, and approximately 960 cases of of eggs were brought in to help deal with the challenge.
Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that an investigation was launched and while it was not confirmed if feed had a part to play in the shortage of eggs, the feed producer was also carrying out an investigation.
“The industry is safe. We had some hiccups and we are investigating it,” he said.
“We haven’t had anything that we can say ‘yes, it is feed’. And I wouldn’t like to come and say at this time it is feed because that would be wrong. We have to allow the feed company to do their investigations . . . and we will sit down together and speak on it.”
Brathwaite said the aim was not to point fingers at anyone but to remedy the problem and put measures in place to ensure the situation does not arise again.
Noting that locally manufactured feed had been available for more than 70 years, Brathwaite added that, over the years, producers provided farmers with a high quality product.
“If there is anytime that we have some sort of change not expected, we will investigate it and see how we can, for the future, certify that it doesn’t happen again. And that is what we are doing – trying to see that for the future how we can certify that these things do not happen to interfere with the farmer.”
In relation to poultry, Brathwaite said: “There is more than enough chicken in the country and that will continue.”