Fast food outlet blasted

CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul wants to see the private sector supporting local businesses

A fast food establishment has been lambasted for owing local poultry farmers close to $3 million, but yet has found the money to pay cash to import chicken into the island.

Referring to the move as “economic sabotage,” and one which would only serve to “undermine Government policy,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul today condemned the action.

While not disclosing the exact figure owed, Paul revealed it was a substantial amount.

“I can tell you that well near three million dollars is owed to the farming community,” Paul announced during a press conference at the BAS’s Grotto, St Michael headquarters this morning.

“Here is a situation where a business, who by the way, owes the local poultry farmers considerable amounts of money. But instead of sitting down with those farmers and deciding how they can repay the farmers their money so that they can get more poultry, has decided instead to go and import. That is an issue.”

He said the BAS would be seeking a meeting with Government to address the issue.

“One of the issues that we face in this country among our private sector, is that we have sometimes the dysfunctional operations of the private sector. They cannibalize on one another and it is unfortunate that we have persons in the private sector that instead of seeking to help Government policy, seek to undermine Government policy,” Paul contended.

The CEO said what was especially disheartening was the fact that the agricultural sector had shown steady growth.

Paul said he saw the move as one which could possibly put local businesses out of work, at a time when Barbados’ agricultural sector was outperforming most of its Caribbean neighbours, including Dominica and St Vincent.

“We are making economic gains in the agricultural sector. We have seen growth in our pig sector, and we have seen growth in the poultry sector. Hence it is strange that at a time when we are seeing growth, that we have elements in our private sector today who are prepared to undermine the foundation of that growth.

“I think it is unfortunate that we have that kind of thing going on in Barbados, where businesses are engaging in economic sabotage on other businesses in this country,” Paul lamented.

“This is not something which I think should be encouraged and I am appealing to businesses out there that they need not engage in those types of actions that basically will put other businesses at risk, and this is precisely what we are seeing.”

16 Responses to Fast food outlet blasted

  1. Jus me August 8, 2015 at 7:02 pm


  2. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar August 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Wait when wanna going to start importing chicken wings again

  3. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    You just blowing hot air. Why not name the fast food business and shame them. Then Bajans can stop patronising that establishment

  4. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis August 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    In order for this to happen the fast food outlet and somebody would have to be in bed together

  5. Ralph White
    Ralph White August 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I’d what you say is true, Name the fast food chain publicly, they need embarrassing! Secondly, Government can’t intervene with the monies owed to farmers. Get farmers together and get a debt collector or take them to court to recover the monies owed.

  6. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler August 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I only know of three fast food outlets – Chefette, Chicken Barn & KFC, so name it, you’re the bloody minister.

    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler August 9, 2015 at 2:39 am

      These people go from politician to other jobs so quickly I can’t keep up. Thanks for the correction.

  7. jrsmith August 9, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Everything that’s business sound so stupid, as though people are having businesses which they cannot manage.

    Who is preventing the farmers who are owed money, to name the company ,also taking action in court. everything in Barbados seems to becoming so bloody corrupt . we must not forget the chicken wing issue, our country is so badly manage , its not only the government ,its every where.

  8. harold August 9, 2015 at 6:29 am

    why you all tends to hide these establishment just say who and why the farmers don’t get together and put them in court then they would victimized ,

  9. harry turnover August 9, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Those chicken farmers are downright CHUPID.You know what they are afraid of……that the same establishment would refuse to buy any further chicken from them if they go after their monies.

    I wonder though if they know that UNITY is power and that NO ONE can import chicken UNLESS there is a shortage…or unless someone is in bed with someone.

    I personally DO NOT eat chicken from that establishment any how….dem chicken does taste too raw and uncooked

  10. jrsmith August 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Now where the hell is our minister for trade and industry, and also the chamber of commerce. this matter needs to be put right, or this means nothing will be done because , certain companies have corrupt ass politicians as directors friends.

  11. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 9, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Whats new these companies get all kinds of sweet tax breaks and concessions from government and then stick it to taxpayers anyway they can, got to blame weak pathetic politicians for crap like this.

  12. Alex Alleyne August 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Just don’t see why he found it necessary to list the names of the 2 islands which in my opinion has nothing to do with the fast food establishment. May be the reason why he won’t mention the name of the joint because his daily lunch will be cut off.


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