Santo Domingo. – Dominican Republic is running around “like a chicken with its head cut off” in the heels of Haiti’s ban on local poultry products that took effect for more than one week, as various sectors suggest ways to deal with the expected glut.
Agriculture minister Luis Ramon Rodriguez, who met today with north region chicken and egg farmers, said the government could buy the projected excess, including half a million laying hens, to resell the meat locally.
The official also asked lawmakers and producers to “tone down the tension" on this issue, since “the world isn’t going to end."
In that regard, Elias Piña (west) senator Adriano Sanchez said 9-day losses from the ban have reached RD$100 million, adding that the Government should buy the chickens and eggs to feed the poorest families.
Export to Venezuela
And while other sectors suggest exporting poultry products to Venezuela to pay for oil within the Petrocaribe agreement, Finance Minister Simon Lizardo called it not feasible for now. "Venezuela requested the products it needs. They haven’t asked for chickens or eggs thus far."