No Chicken Price Increase

This has been the assurance given by the Poultry Association of Trinidad and Tobago, whose president, Robin Phillip, said there are no plans to increase the price in the near future.


In an interview with Newsday, Phillip said poultry producers were on a “wait and see” basis.


“With the current increase in the price of feed on the global market, it is difficult for poultry producers to run a profitable business. However, they do not have any plans to raise their prices, but if the price of feed continues to increase, then they eventually might have to,” Phillip said.


Phillip noted the price for chicken was lower than it was last year, due to an oversupply, which happened since November last year.


“The price was $5.50 per pound at this same time last year. However, this year, its $5.25 per pound We expect this will not continue as we are coming out of the oversupply, as well as, the price of grains are a lot higher this year,” Phillip said.


On Tuesday, 14th June, 2011, the Association of Trinidad and Tobago Table Egg Producers announced an increased in the price of eggs, its third since November last year.



The price increase was blamed on the increase in the cost of poultry feed.



Food Production Minister Vasant Bharath said his ministry was in the process of preparing a parcel of land in Cunupia to begin planting a particular type of grass which farmers will be able to mix for local feed stocks. The minister said this should be on stream within three-months’ time.



On Wednesday, 15th June, Phillip said the minister’s proposal will not be beneficial to chicken producers since chicken do not and cannot use grass in their diet.



“This initiative will benefit cattle and goat farmers. Chickens need corn, wheat and soya meal, which we do not produce,” Phillip said.



Meanwhile, interim president of the Trinidad and Tobago Bakers’ Association, Raymond Aaron said the increase in egg prices will impact the baking industry, but only marginally. 

“Egg is not a major raw material in the business, except for speciality products, however, there might be a slight increase to the customer,” Aaron said.



(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a NewsDay publication)

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