Nearly a million chickens are still being displaced by the importation of turkey wings.
And today, as the Barbados Egg & Poultry Farmers Association visited Lawrence T. Gay Primary in celebration of World Egg Day, vice-president Stephen Layne said this battle was one reason the organization was trying to boost appreciation for local poultry and poultry products.
“The association is keeping active as a means of combating some of the challenges with chickens, and also to promote the use of eggs. Chickens are under tremendous pressure from turkey wings. Nearly one million are being displaced by wings and that’s a million chickens that could be grown in Barbados,” he stated.
“Our focus is, therefore, to make the egg industry viable by increasing the production and showing Barbadians that eggs are wholesome and cheap products, and a vital means of essential vitamins,” said Layne.
Theodore Fraser of the Barbados Agricultural Society noted that the BAS usually acknowledged the day by choosing a school at random to present eggs to, and educate its children on the properties and use of eggs, so they in turn could educate their parents.
Layne said his association had incorporated the mascot Eggie to hand out crates of eggs to students and also to create some enjoyment for children.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but there was some research done that is reputed to show there is a substance in eggs that actually enhances brain performance. So we took today to share that information with the students and have them answer some questions about eggs.”
The vice-president noted that there would also be radio shows where large crates of eggs would go to the winners as prizes.
“We are trying to push the benefits of eating eggs because they are very economical. I remember when I was young my grandmother would find all kinds of things to use eggs with. Back then there were very diverse uses for eggs, because in the old days the grandparents and parents would find a lot of concoctions to stretch the eggs and still provide the family with the essential vitamins,” he said.
This, he added, contrasted with today when most eggs were now fried, or boiled or scrambled. With the tough economic times, he proposed a return to finding creative uses for eggs for families to help stretch meals further. (LB)