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Sep 17, 2020

Chicken Shortage Over!

Chickens are back in the freezer. General Manager for Quality Poultry Products Raymond Barkman says that the chicken shortage is over. During the months of July and August, consumers were reporting a scarcity of chicken.  The Belize Poultry Association and poultry producers scratched their heads, trying to determine the reason for the shortage since production had actually increased in the months of June and July.  It was later explained that the abrupt fall in demand from tourism and then an unexpectedly sharp rise in domestic consumer demand had created the market disruption during those months. But Barkman is saying that consumers do not have to worry anymore because the supply of poultry products has normalized. 


Raymond Barkman, General Manager, Quality Poultry Products

“I know that last month there was roughly five hundred and fifty thousand birds put in for the month of August. That number is more or less correct so that is what august looked like.”


Hipolito Novelo

“So you can guarantee the Belize public that they will not be experiencing another chicken shortage any time soon?”


Raymond Barkman

Raymond Barkman

“Nope, not any time soon unless e is another pandemic. We didn’t have chicken shortage in the last fifty years and the only time when we did is when this pandemic came. I guess I can’t guarantee chicken shortage during a pandemic but under normal circumstance as we are currently I think we are completely fine where we are.  We have come this far and we feel that we have figured this out and here we are now not having to worry about a chicken shortage any more. So that is good news.”


Hipolito Novelo

“So operations have normalized?”


Raymond Barkman

“Yes indeed, they have. They have so much in fact that we decided to be patriotic already this September and give back a sale to all of us Belizeans and hope we can enjoy a good chicken without having be worried about portioning We used the Belizean anniversary because we are thirty nine years old so what we did is to cut off thirty-nine cents off the retail prices on those four items.”

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