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Shortage not created by restriction of imported chicken

The restriction on frozen imported chicken is not creating shortage nor causing an increase in retail prices of chicken, according to the Poultry Industry Association.

President Chris Prestwood said the industry was already supplying PNG before the ban came on.

“I want to be clear, the continuing biosecurity improvements are not related to chicken prices in PNG in any way,” he said.

The higher retail and market prices of chicken is believed to be associated with factors relating to supply of feed at the global stage and associated production and shipping cost imposed by relevant agencies.

Mr Prestwood said the challenge for all poultry producers is to maintain a price for consumers, the larger producers have done very well to absorb increases and ensure these recent raw material increases are not handed on.

“The poultry industry is committed to look for opportunities to pass on savings not cost. The entry of new producers in many regions of the country is also helping to stabilise average chicken prices around the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, there is still no update on the restriction imposed by government’s on the imported frozen and chilled chicken from Australia and New Zealand.

The National Agriculture Quarantine Authority (NAQIA) as the implementing agency issued the notice on the ban earlier this year following biosecurity threats on the new Avian Influenza (bird flu) that has affected a lot of Asian countries including our closest neighbour Australia facing an outbreak two years ago.

The ban on the imported chicken was said to protect PNG Poultry Industry as well as giving an opportunity to locals to venture into the poultry business.

The PIA has been vocal on the restrictions posed and has continued to support NAQIA’s effort in implementing the ban.

Mr Prestwood said the PIA and its members, totally support the comments from NAQIA reported in the paper last week and encourage their determination to stop illegal imports and protect this country from potential devastating exotic disease.

“The continued reduction of disease risk is an important one and ensures a continuing confidence to invest in our industry,” he said.