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Gov’t Moves To Ensure Farmers, Consumers Benefit From Shipping & Input Cost Related To Egg Production

Shipping and input costs internationally are going down following the Covid-19 pandemic and government is doing what is required to ensure decline in the input used in the production of eggs can eventually be passed on to farmers and consumers.

In a bid to achieve this, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Avinash Singh, told the Senate on Tuesday that discussions will be held with  producers in the sector to utilise the services available by the government  to get duty relief on these inputs whether it be machinery or equipment.

The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been cited for the rise in the cost of grain.

Minister Singh said from discussions held by Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley with Guyana, efforts will be made to source corn and soya production from within the region instead of going abroad.

He said the incentive programme available for farmers is being upgraded in a bid to make things more affordable for those in the sector.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was “thinking about” exiting the landmark Ukraine grain deal that allows grain from conflict-torn Ukraine to reach the global market.

Moscow has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the crucial accord that grants safe passage for Ukrainian grain to be exported via the Black Sea, demanding guarantees for its fertiliser exports.

The UN-brokered deal is set for another renewal on July 17.