Lab to support poultry export efforts
Guyana's capacity to test for poultry diseases has been enhanced by a
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contribution of training
and laboratory equipment worth US$40,000 for the Ministry of Agriculture's new
Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory.
This means that Guyana's poultry industry will soon be able to conduct a
disease-free surveillance programme, putting it one step closer to exporting
poultry meat and eggs to CARICOM countries.
The lab was originally
established to test for major poultry diseases (Marek's, Newcastle, Bronchitis,
Fowl Pox) but focus has now also shifted to the testing for bird
According to USAID, the poultry sector is the third fastest
growing agro-industry in the country. Ten years ago, the domestic poultry
industry supplied 55% of local demand, while today this has risen to almost
This is significant, considering that Guyana produced 53.4
million pounds of poultry and 60 million eggs last year, and keeping in mind
that 80% of all meat consumed in Guyana is poultry.
that the industry contributes about US$25 million to the GDP and employs 17,000
persons. Exporting to the CARICOM poultry market (worth about US$350 million)
could further enhance the growth of Guyana's poultry
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