Maintaining a high level of food supplies in Guyana
─ GLDA says regular checks on availability of chicken done
─ adequate local dairy product available
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, April 16, 2020
The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) is conducting regular checks on their meat and local dairy products to ensure there are adequate supplies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
A senior official at GLDA Selwyn Anthony told DPI, “We make periodic checks because we want to be sure that we continue to import the right amount of eggs so that there will not be a short supply of chickens.”
“We continue to visit all the abattoirs in all the regions because we are responsible for antemortem inspection. The staff will be visiting the abattoirs on a designated day so that we continue to perform this service so that we can have meat available for the nation,” Anthony added.
Similarly, in the dairy industry, the authority is ensuring that farmers have the necessary supplies and that they are evenly distributed.
“The ports are closed so we don’t have control of what is coming in but what is being produced we will continue to encourage the farmers to keep their production system in place and continue to work with them so we can have fresh cow’s milk available.”
While the GLDA staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, they continue to address the needs of stakeholders and farmers.
Note: Ante-mortem inspection is the inspection of live animals prior to being slaughtered