Guyana's commerce ministry has granted a temporary duty waiver on chicken imports to combat the scarcity of the commodity in local markets and help lower prices, according to Acting Commerce and Industry Minister Irfan Ali.

Twelve importers have been granted approval to import one million pounds of chicken for a three-month period at a 50 percent duty waiver. The licenses will be good through September 12. According to the Ministry, the markets will be regularly reviewed to ensure consumers can obtain chicken in adequate supply and at affordable prices. “In the next six weeks we will have a further assessment of the sector to ensure that the situation is stabilized [and to see] if we still have a shortage,” said Ali.