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St. Lucia’s boiler industry under threat

by 5m Editor
12 July 2007, at 11:47am

ST LUCIA - A former St. Lucian government minister has said a decision by the government to implement measures governing the importation of chickens from the United States could result in a crisis for the local poultry industry.

Former Commerce Minister, Phillip J. Pierre, says if a solution is not found, the whole boiler industry in St. Lucia is going to be in trouble.

At the centre of the dispute is an apparent requirement by the Ministry of Agriculture that prevents the importation of hatching chickens from the United States without laboratory testing.

Officials say the measure is intended to protect local consumers.

But breeders in the United States say that in order to do some of the testing parents of breeder hens must be killed and this would be an expensive exercise.

Source: Radio Jamaica

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