Members of the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association
(BEPPA) met on Saturday, January 07 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford
Centre (LESC) to decide on how they will move forward with the social compact instituted by government last year and which concludes at the end of January.
The compact was agreed to by mainly large poultry producers and
indicated that from August 19, 2022 to January 31, 2023 poultry
products would be sold at 10% or less. It was to be a cushion for
consumers facing increased cost of living, but it has crippled the local poultry industry. Some small farmers were forced to shut down and one of the largest hatcheries on the island had to euthanise an estimated 5000 birds. President of BEPPA, Stephen Layne said that farmers cannot afford the exercise.