Poultry producers cry foul after not being granted chicken import licenses.
Some local producers of chicken would like to know just who are the 10 companies granted licenses by the Guyana government to import chicken as there is a shortfall in local production.
Industry insiders admit that chicken production has gone down significantly and that is being blamed on the poor quality of baby chicks available on the local market.
When the government announced last week that it would be opening up the market for the importation of chicken to stabilize the market, local producers were caught by surprise, not because licenses were being issued but because the large producers who have invested millions over the years in the sector did not find themselves among those being issued license and they say they have the ability to import the commodity and have it on the market.
The administration did not release the names of the companies granted the import license.
Sources close to one of the companies indicated that the local producers have been making moves to up production and in fact some have been producing a whole lot more over the past year. So much so that the production level now could be matched to previous production at Christmas.
One producer said the local industry should be back up to normal within weeks But they still want to know why they have been shut out of imports.