Agriculture minister Samal Duggins elated as poultry hatchery nears completion

Minister of Agriculture, Samal Duggins, says significant progress has been made in the construction of the poultry hatchery which is a cornerstone of the St. Kitts and Nevis Layer Chicken Industry Sustainable Development Project. 

This initiative, undertaken in partnership with the Taiwanese government, will enhance the agricultural sector, provide substantial economic benefits, and ensure greater food security for the nation.

“During my last visit, the groundwork was just beginning. Today, I am immensely proud to see the main structure of the hatchery facility complete, with state-of-the-art incubation and hatchery equipment being installed. Electrical and water systems are being finalised, ensuring efficient and sustainable operation,” said Minister Duggins. 

The project is the end result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in June 2023. The hatchery will address the existing gap in egg production, and position the country to achieve 100 percent efficiency. Poultry farmers will now have access to a reliable source of day-old birds which in turn will increase local egg production.

“This project is not just about building infrastructure; it’s about building a future where St. Kitts and Nevis can be self-sufficient in food production,”  Minister Duggins said.

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