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Two Govt MPs lock horns over chicken wings

St Michael West Central MP James Paul has taken his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) colleague Donville Inniss to task over recent statements he made about the local poultry sector.

Amid concerns about an increase in the importation of chicken and turkey wings, Inniss, who is the Minister of Commerce and Industry, had called on domestic producers “to grow up and stop being childish and nit-picking”, while stating that the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation was a competent statutory entity empowered to import chicken wings.

However, Paul, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, said Thursday he was of the view that illegal importation of chicken and turkey wings was much more widespread than first contemplated.

Speaking to reporters at the BAS headquarters, the Grotto, Beckles Road, St Michael he also took Inniss to task for claiming that the egg and poultry farmers were “nit-picking”.

On the contrary, Paul said whenever these BAS members speak out against illegal importation, they do so based on empirical evidence.

He also condemned what he called the class snobbery which exists in Barbadian society, while highlighting the importance of the poultry sector to providing employment and saving foreign exchange.

“When the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association complains about something, they are not told they are nit-picking; when the Chamber of Commerce and Industry speak out they are not told they were nit-picking and when businessmen claimed that they did not know how to implement the National Social Responsibility Levy they were not told they were nit-picking,” said Paul.

Pointing out that 45 per cent of the local industry was controlled by small farmers, Paul said: “I would encourage Barbadians to support the industry. They are doing their best to be responsible stakeholders.”

He said the BAS had committed itself to a study, which will aim to provide answers to what is occurring in the industry at any given time. He recalled that some weeks ago there was evidence that there was illegal importation of chicken wings and upon investigation by officials, he said, the report was found to be true. 

27 Responses to Two Govt MPs lock horns over chicken wings

  1. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham September 16, 2016 at 6:25 am

    they are barely pretended, imagine these jokers, think that they have all bajans fooled, have several seats do

  2. Hal Austin September 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Oh Mr Paul, Mr Inniss is a buffoon suffering from verbal overuse. Ignore him.

  3. Santini More
    Santini More September 16, 2016 at 7:28 am

    The level of public dissent and hostility on open display by DLP MPs indicates how little control the PM has over his party. In any other nation these MPs would be fired.

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay September 16, 2016 at 7:38 am

      yah can hear i say de MPs are their own one aint firing anyone,so live wid it.and dont burst yah bubble.

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay September 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

      de prime minister in ful control of his party,he won de no confidence motion,that is control,

    • Santini More
      Santini More September 16, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Ras Unjay No that is not control. Winning the no confidence vote was just MPs covering their own backside and holding onto their undeserving pay-checks for as long as possible.

    • Cassidy Callendar
      Cassidy Callendar September 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Which pm the sleeping one or the financial one. Cause chris is really the pm. This is a joker party nothing serious to listen to nothing to even take serious

    • Olutoye Walrond September 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Which countries would those be, Santini? Russia, China and North Korea?

  4. harry turnover September 16, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Inniss and Paul….Inniss and Sinckler….Brathwaite and Jones Mark Cummins and Stuart…..Estwick ( I doan mek rain ) and CERTAIN people in St.Joseph……Brathwaite and don’t blame me….Lowe and Cahill….Lowe and Garbage…..Lashley and UCAL…Sinckler and the truth….Stuart and silence….Stuart and Barbadians…..Estwick and a gun…..Carrington and a cripple…Lashley and a 150 million stadium…..Boyce and a new Hospital…….Sinckler and 4 seasons…Sinckler and turning a corner ….Kellman and talk talk and fantasizing ….and Thompson and Thompson.

  5. Brian A. Harvey
    Brian A. Harvey September 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Food for thought. Maybe if BIM gave better subsidies and investment into the agricultural sector it could feed itself, reduce the food import bill and have better control over the quality of what our people consume. Instead of trying to turn every piece of land into a golf course or playground for rich non-Bajans. Heaven knows that Bajans cannot survive on grass.
    Bet them golf courses still look lush and green and well watered though. Smh@BIM.

  6. Aneta September 16, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Love it Harry turnover. The big part you missing is the truth around the chicken wings saga. It on the down low now. Why the Minister have such strong views? Ask James Paul who the 5 containers of wings were consigned to. The great minister don Inn and his blasted buddy who is of the Indian decent and lives a stone throw from the minister. Corruption to the highest

  7. BaJan boy September 16, 2016 at 8:42 am

    The fellows just don’t have any respect for James Paul and by extension poultry farmers and Bajans. That clique at the top of the DEMS just do what ever they feel like without any regard to who they offend or hurt. They are making it and doing so big time so the little fry like Paul is like a fly in a cow’s nostril.

  8. Observer September 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Personally speaking the importation of poultry in barbados is ridiculous in the first place,some of you politicians only care when election time comes around cost of living in barbados is out of control and you guys ain’t doing a damn thing

  9. Observer September 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Personally speaking the importation of poultry in barbados is ridiculous in the first place,some of you politicians only care when election time comes around, cost of living in barbados is out of control and you guys ain’t doing a damn thing about it no more than talking a hold bunch BS

  10. Realist September 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Why are people eating those nasty, greasy chicken wings. They are just like the stinking pigtails. If Barbadians would learn to eat decent food that will not kill them, then these idiots would not have to quarrel and could not get rich so quickly.

    • harry turnover September 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

      …..but realest what is DECENT FOOD THAT DON”T KILL YA ? then by extension that means there are decent foods that does kill ya ?
      I have been eating pig tails since I was a lad and I is a big hard back man now … got some in de pot boiling right now…just threw off the first set of water.
      So tell me you eat chicken breasts and thighs and pork chops and spare ribs…. and ham at Xmas or them too greasy and stink ?
      Tell me what are the DECENT foods that people should eat that WOULD NOT KILL THEM.

  11. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer September 16, 2016 at 10:56 am

    The amalgamation of our border protection, controls and enforcement with a board will see more activities such as this. The profiteering and shadiness will increase to levels which will see the demise of this country. Chicken wings today, guns tomorrow, there are no limits. Barbadians research the necessity of homeland security and what it means to your country that is all!!

    • Maria Benn
      Maria Benn September 16, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      I couldn’t have said it any better if I tried Mechell !

  12. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks September 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Look i ain’t bother to read the story, maybe I will read it later .But the first thing I see in the headlines is CHICKEN WINGS, man when I was living in Barbados, chickens wings were a problem. Almost 30 yrs now and chicken wings still is a problem. It looks like nothing in Bim ain’t change. Now this wing problem is that some getting and not some, or maybe I should go and read the article now. Just saying

  13. Alex Alleyne September 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

    @ Realist , I am with you all the way on this one. I know for sure of a couple of friend who Doctor stop them from eating The wings of Chicken and Turkey. They are very bad for your health along with PORK.

    • Carson C Cadogan September 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm


  14. jrsmith September 16, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Bajans , bajans , the so and so is gradually hitting the fan, see what’s happening our government ministers not accepting responsibility for they failures in office , soon they would all start throwing punches at each other..

    Just consider how fast the news is spreading across the internet , 2 politicians in Barbados at each others throats over an issue of chicken and turkey wings , why is it everything in Barbados where the government is involve is of a corrupt and fraudulent nature..

    Has anyone ever sat back and think this government is in place for the sole reason of destroying Barbados. See how quickly they got rid of the sugar cane and close the factories.. Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans….

  15. seagul September 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Looks like a little 1937 around the corner. In many areas people are getting restless. If we can’t sit together on this tiny plot we’ll perish Mr. Ministers.

  16. Walter Rodney September 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Aren’t we a nation of complainers.

  17. Eric Mason September 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    the cost of chicken and chicken parts in Barbados is way to high. its about the highest in CARRICUM

  18. Carson C Cadogan September 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    A University Of the West Indies study carried out about in Barbados concluded that the importation of chicken products would not have have any serious effect on the poultry industry in Barbados.

    James Paul is aware of this study.

  19. Sheron Inniss September 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I don’t eat chicken wings; not enough meat. Maybe I should, then just maybe I would get fatter, for I am real fat. He he he


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