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Report on the Egg School conducted by the Caribbean Poultry

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Report on the Egg School conducted by the Caribbean Poultry

    Report on the Egg School conducted by the

    Caribbean Poultry Association

    August 9 11, 2004.

    for

    Caribbean HRD Programme for Economic

    Competitiveness (CPEC)

    Cordia Thompson

    August 16, 2004.

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    Report on the Egg School conducted by the Caribbean Poultry Association

    August 9 11, 2004

Introduction:

    The Caribbean Poultry Association conducted the third annual Egg School at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

    Egg School, 2004 had definite aims and objectives and were as follows:

Aim:

    To provide the table egg producers and public sector officials in the Caribbean with the tools to assess and improve the competitiveness of egg marketing and production and to do so in a manner which recognizes the industry strategy being pursued by the CPA.

Objectives:

    1. To give egg producers an overview of egg consumers, key markets segments and the egg industry in the Caribbean, with a special focus on the challenges being posed by the liberalization process

    2. To benchmark Caribbean egg marketing and production productivity and costs with global competition and consider the key strategies for improving performance in these areas

    3. To review and update draft CPA protocols in the area of marketing, grading, disease surveillance, on farm food safety and standard egg farm practices with a view to building regional consensus on same, adopting these protocols as voluntary Caribbean standards, and forwarding the protocols to the relevant CARICOM government institution for endorsement.

    4. To train leading producers and government officials in the application of CPA adopted protocols in the To review and develop CPA strategic action plans in processing and marketing for the CPA

    5. To review and update strategies and action plans to improve industry competitiveness.

Deliverables:

    At the end of the three days spent at the Egg School, it was understood that the following should have been achieved:

1. Report on CTA Caribbean Table Egg Competitiveness Study presented.

2. Model Promotional Program For National Egg Associations.

3. Train the Trainer Session in Egg Grading.

4. Train producers in CPA On Farm Food Safety Program for Egg Farms.

    5. Update National Plans for Implementing Disease Surveillance Programs/ Emergency

    Poultry Disease Preparedness.

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Egg School Programme:

    Each day began at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 5:00 p.m. There were four sessions each day under varying themes (See attached Agenda). Topics included: Promotion and Marketing of Eggs, Improved Layer Production, Managing Pullets, Avian Diseases Surveillance and Management including for bird flu and infectious laryngotracheitis. There was also a laboratory exercise at the Vet School. After these technical sessions, working groups were formed under different topics to include: Marketing and Promotion, Egg Production and Avian Disease Management to further develop these protocols for regional adoption.

    The Marketing and Promotion working group was attended by Wendel Abrahams and Cordia Thompson from Jamaica. Ms. Thompson made a presentation on the Jamaican experience with recommendations for the Caribbean. Mr. Abrahams presented the recommendations from this working group to the plenary session. The Production group edited the Layer Production Manual written by Mr. Norman Williams, another delegate from Jamaica, and passed it for adoption by the CPA for use in the Caribbean. This group comprised, Cislin Holloway and Messrs. Devon Dixon and Howard Paulwell from Jamaica. The Antiguan representative presented to the general egg school. The Avian Disease Management group was composed of mainly veterinarians.

    In addition to the plenary sessions of the Egg School, a meeting of the representatives of the Egg Associations in the Caribbean was held one evening to discuss the way forward. Again Jamaica participated and reiterated its marketing and promotion programme and its production initiatives.

Participants:

    The participants to the Egg School included: farmers, technocrats, veterinarians, policy makers and lecturers. Organizations represented included the egg associations from Belize, Bahamas, Antigua, St. Vincent, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, Suriname and Jamaica.

Presenters:

    The presenters were renowned technocrats in egg production and included those from Professional Training Institute of Barnveld College, the Netherlands, University of Guelph, Pennsylvania State University and the School of Vet Medicine, UWI.

Participation by the Jamaican Delegation:

    The Jamaican delegation consisted of:

    Messrs. Devon Dixon, Wendel Abrahams, Howard Paulwell (sponsored by CPEC) and Norman Williams (sponsored by CPA); Mrs. Cislin Holloway and Ms. Cordia Thompson, sponsored by CPEC.

    The delegation participated at a high level as it was felt that the JEFA had gone the furthest in the development of the egg industry and association in the region and therefore had a lot to contribute.

    Specifically:

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    o Mr. Norman Williams, wrote the CARICOM manual for egg production and

    presented it to the plenary;

    o Mr. Devon Dixon chaired the session on avian diseases;

    o Mr. Wendel Abrahams delivered a speech on behalf of the CPA at the Opening

    Ceremony of the Egg School. He also presented the working paper and

    recommendations from the Marketing and Promotion working group to the

    plenary of the egg school;

    o Mr. Howard Paulwell was in charge of reporting on the JEFA delegation’s

    response on the CARICOM Egg Production Manual;

    o Mrs. Cislin Holloway said prayers one morning;

    o Ms. Cordia Thompson prepared a presentation on the JEFA activities and

    presented JEFA’s marketing and promotion programme making recommendations.

    She also sat on the CPIIP committee which comprised the representatives of the

    egg associations in the region. She also met with Advertisers and Promoters to

    discuss a regional promotion programme, utilizing flyers and posters produced by

    JEFA and which will be adopted for use by the CPA.

Outcome of the Egg School:

    The Egg School was well organized and presented. It was very useful to hear and understand the presentations from the experts from the Netherlands and the USA. Contact with these experts was also made for future work with JEFA.

    It is evident from the reaction to the Jamaican delegation that we are ahead of the other egg associations. JEFA’s model is one that could be adapted by the other egg associations in the Caribbean. A marketing and promotion committee of CPA has been formed with JEFA taking the lead to spearhead a market survey of eggs in Caribbean with funding support to be sought by the CPA. Other members of this committee include: Barbados, Suriname, Trinidad, Belize and St. Vincent egg associations. The committee will conduct its work through email contact with the survey being implemented by the CPA.

Conclusion:

    It was very good of CPEC to have sponsored five participants to the Egg School 2004. There is no doubt that the farmers and the Project Coordinator were able to benefit and contribute to the proceedings and to the future development of the regional egg school. Very useful contacts were made for technical assistance, possible markets and developmental work. It is anticipated, that for Egg School, 2005 that there will be participants from JEFA as the experience is invaluable.

Thank you CPEC!

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