Fowl mood

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.

James Paul
James Paul

“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.

8 Responses to Fowl mood

  1. Pee Parris
    Pee Parris August 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

    So much is hidden in this country, the establishment does not have a name? That is why they don’t pay, some people get away with too much here and others are put through a grinder!

  2. Alex Alleyne August 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

    The economic sabotage started when it switch from COKE to PEPSI.

  3. Kathie Daniel August 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

    So why not name names?

  4. Sheila mcintosh August 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I returned from Barbados adios on Saturday Fter spending 17days on the island,it seems as if bajans want to wukup ,eat barbecue chicken,and macaroni pie,they are not complaining about the high prices of food and some inferior products.most of the restaurants are not catering to the culture food like looks as if the island is sold out to foreigners,the government do not seem to care for those less fortunate.government have to set laws and protocols that will protect the bajan products and company.if that franchise do not pay back the farmers rules should be in place to close those business down,where is the zeal to buy bajan and boost the economy,instead to enriching private franchises will profitable move out of the island leaving many people out of work,something’s have to be done,too much exploitation..why should bajans sell their food out of a van,instead of helping them to open a small business then it will grow,all that chicken from overseas has too much hormones,don’t be surprise within the next decade cancer.of the uterus.ovarian.breast will be on the increase.make a demand to those franchise to pay thebajanfarmers or close their franchise Rosie them,honesty is the best policy. .

  5. Sheila mcintosh August 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    There are some errors with typing on my pad,I hope you all will understand my concerns,”Buy Bajan,”should be the motto in Bar ados.

  6. Sheila Mcintosh
    Sheila Mcintosh August 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Get those exploited foreigners out of your island,goverment/farmers should sue until their get their monies,the chicken from overseas has too much hormones not good for the body,it is sad to see local people is selling their food out of a van,can government help them to have a small franchise of the real culture food,every restaurant selling chicken and chips etc, I was on the island for 17 days hardly any culture food ,government should set up a logo of a laws buy bajan,insist that this franchise should pay the farmers or place a law suit on them,no overseas chicken to come in Barbados as their are chicken farms here if the do not abide rules close their franchise down.honesty and integrity are the best policy.

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Why not release name let customers decide with they money thats how companies listen its call bottom line.

  8. Alex Alleyne August 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    The small group of people in Barbados who have Tons of Money and really care about BDS must invest in 2 new plants that will housed JUCY and BIM that employed many people . A Barbados national Bank is also needed which will be under the name of BAJAN SAVINGS AND LOANS. Barbados must regain the MORTAGE section from that T&T bank and stop the slide from MASSA to MASSY.


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