The Grenada Association of Poultry Producers (GAPP) has expressed concerns over the closure of the local mill – ADM Caribbean Agro Industries – and the impact it is having on the industry due to the coronavirus crisis on the island.
President of the Association, Jason Phillip said that local poultry farmers are having difficulties in obtain feed for their animals due to government’s closure of the company.
The Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s has not named the company but is known to have ordered Caribbean Agro to close its doors after one of its employees tested positive for the deadly virus.
Known officially as “Patient 15”, the employee is currently receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward of the St. George’s General Hospital for COVID-19.
Health Minister Nicholas Steele has also confirmed that two other employees at the same work place as Patient 15 have also contracted the disease.
As a public service, THE NEW TODAY reproduces in full the release issued by the President of the Poultry association on the forced closure of Caribbean Agro:
“I have just been briefed by the management of ADM Caribbean Agro Industries of the following:
(1). The Minister of Health through the Ministry has instructed that the company remains closed as they await the pending test results of approximately 30 staff members by end of day on Monday 27th April.
(2). ADM Caribbean Agro Industries currently has in stock feeds which will sustain Producers for the initial period of one week. However access to this supply is restricted due to the mandated closure.
(3). The production has been shut down beginning last week and as such, if production isn’t resumed forthwith, a gap in feed availability would be expected. To alleviate this, the mill is expected to import from its affiliate mills in Trinidad and Barbados supplies to fill the void until its production is resumed. From order to delivery it will take a week for said shipment to arrive port St. George’s.
(4). I have engaged the Minister of Agriculture outlining this grave problem and am awaiting an official response.
I continue to engage all in authority to find a swift solution. Be guided that the decision now resides in the Minister of Health who has oversight of this matter due to the Covid-19 situation.
Further updates will be sent tomorrow as I continue engagement with all parties. Several recommendations are being made to aid in accessing in stock feed stores at the mill”.