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Aug 11, 2020

Chicken Shortage Phenomenon Baffles Association

Armando Cowo

The Belize Poultry Association is also seeking answers to explain the chicken shortage.  Manager, Armando Cowo says that for July more than one million birds were placed in the barns for processing. This was an increase of more than a hundred thousand when compared with June. Cowo says that this should have met the demand of the consumers but as we are seeing today, it was not enough to satisfy the market.


On the Phone: Armando Cowo, Manager, Belize Poultry Association

“Currently there seems to be shortage but it is not a shortage in the terms of production. We are currently at ninety two percent pre-COVID-19 level productions. We are almost at a hundred percent. Of the four million pounds of chicken that Belizeans consume per month pre COVID or the level of consumption wax low which again is unacceptable. So ourselves are kind of baffled over the whole issue but we can just put out theory. We believe that the millions of millions of dollars going over the borders both to Melchor and Chetumal has an impact. People are no longer going over so therefore they stay at home and eating more chicken. For July we put in one point one million dollars birds into the barns, an increase of a hundred thousand birds as previous months and we still have the same situation, not enough chicken in the freezers. Where is the chicken going? Who is consuming it, is a phenomenon for us as well. We don’t have the answer.”

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