September 19, 2023

Agriculture sector on board with Mia’s plan – NationNews Barbados –

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Sheria Brathwaite

From left, Fasons Foods Inc. Managing Director Amir Juman talks to Star Chick Managing Director Wendell Clarke and Chickmont Foods COO Trevor Gunby at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center yesterday after signing of the Food Prices Compact. (Photo by Reco Moore.)

Members of the farming community support government measures to help consumers cope with the rising cost of living.

They are also pleased with the commitment of the island’s only animal feed company to keep prices down for the next six months.

Yesterday, in response to Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s announcement last Thursday, some livestock and crop producers said that given the financial difficulties many Barbadians were experiencing, it was important to put the nation’s interest in the foreground and finding a way to help people get by.

Mottley said the private sector had agreed not to mark up certain items by more than 12-15%.

Chairman of the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association, Stephen Layne, said that ahead of the announcement, the Prime Minister would have held meetings with stakeholders to see what measures were feasible. (SB)