Guyana’s Ministry of Agriculture has refuted claims that there is chicken smuggling taking place.

The Agriculture Ministry dismissed the claims as malicious, false and libelous.

A statement says the decision to import chicken was made by the Government of Guyana. This became necessary since Guyana’s local chicken consumption has vastly increased, resulting in the local supply being unable to meet the growing demand. 

According to Loop News, in addition to the increased local consumption, the local chicken industry was seriously affected by an outbreak of avian influenza in the United States of America earlier in this year. That outbreak, in turn, negatively affected the importation of hatching eggs, which led to the depletion of an already inadequate supply of chicken in Guyana. 

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