BAS condemns “economic sabotage”
A fast food establishment has been lambasted for owing local poultry farmers close to $3 million but finding money to pay cash to import chicken into the island.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul was condemned the action, describing it as “economic sabotage,” and one which would only serve to “undermine” Government policy.
“Here is a situation where a business, who by the way, owes the local poultry farmers considerable amounts of money . . . 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,” Paul announced during a press conference at the BAS’s Grotto, St Michael headquarters on Saturday.
“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 it was especially disheartening that a local establishment had taken such action which could force local businesses to close, at a time when Barbados’ agricultural sector was outperforming most of its Caribbean neighbours, including Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
“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. 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,” Paul said.