Protein: Eggs are the backbone

Eggs are the backbone

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HAITI, Port-au-Prince. From 2010 to 2015 intensive egg production in Haiti has increased sixfold, from 50,000 to 250,000 layers or around 1 mill. to over 6 mill. eggs per month. The egg production in Haiti offers quality products. The producers are arriving to compete with imported eggs that are in most cases the result of dumping and smuggling.

A study (2015) commissioned by the Haitian Government, shows that under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture the country can continue this expansion of production for the benefit of the population on condition of solving certain constraints.

The first constraint is related to compliance with trade standards at the Haitian-Dominican border. As long as the imported eggs are not declared to customs, there will be problems for investments in Haiti.

The second constraint concerns the economic aspects of certain links in the chain, particularly breeding production to supply the market with fertile eggs needed in the production of chicks, adapted production of grain corn for laying hens produced locally and a more efficient marketing system.

The third constraint refers to credit needs to make the necessary investments in the various links in the chain.

In addition, to raise all these constraints it is necessary that agro-entrepreneurs of the sector benefiting from technical and financial advice. These constraints will be better resolved if all partners in the sector manage to coordinate their actions.

The study showed that it is possible to envisage a substantial increase in egg production to reach 80% of self-supply of the domestic market.

Source: The Haitian Ministry of Agriculture


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