Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is expected to announce a range of measures shortly, including incentives and other forms of support, for the beleaguered poultry industry. The measures emerge from the work of a task team involving the department, industry and labour that was established in November 2016 to investigate the crisis facing the industry. The industry is facing job losses and plant closures as it battles against a flood of low-priced bone-in chicken imports from the EU. The crisis was the subject of a public hearing by Parliament’s trade and industry committee on Thursday, with a key issue being whether the problems were due to dumping by the EU or because of its lack of competitiveness. Garth Strachan, Department of Trade and Industry deputy director-general, said on the sidelines of the proceedings a ring-fenced incentive was envisaged for the sector within the department’s incentive for agro-processing. Reciprocal conditions for the incentive, which would be a g...

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