This blog post is from Jeff Duncan who spearheads our agricultural initiatives in Port-au-Prince and the Provinces. His update is about chickens, take a read:
Hi, this is Jeff Duncan, I’m dropping in to give you an update on our poultry self-sufficiency project. We are now officially underway at Pastor Gerald’s church near Les Cayes! The goals of this project are to create jobs, and educate the community on good business and animal husbandry practices. Steve Caughran visited in February and, along with John Booker, taught a class on business principles to Pastor Gerald’s team and local guests. It was a good visit that involved some one-on-one time with workers there and refining the start-up process.
We are starting with meat producing chickens, working with a company called Haiti Broilers that delivers chicks and feed to Les Cayes on a weekly (usually) basis. A broiler operation provides larger profit margins with lower capital input that egg production, although the egg production will be worked in soon for their convenience, nutritional value, and to help restore Haiti’s economy. Much of the chicken and eggs consumed in Haiti is imported. Fresh eggs come from The Dominican Republic at a rate of about 40 million a month, while a large share of the meat market is supplied by imported frozen chicken pieces.
Pastor Gerald’s team started with a couple batches of chickens before Christmas. It was a good learning opportunity for all of us. Pastor’s team learned more about the work of marketing the grown birds and we at the Foursquare Haiti base learned more about what we need to do to support them through this process. We all regrouped in the February meeting starting earnest production in March.
Meanwhile, Jakob and I are raising batches of broiler chickens on the National Church grounds. Here we are making brooder boxes for the day old chicks. Since we have regular electricity here our box has an electric lamp, but the box for Les Cayes will be heated with a kerosene lamp since they lack electricity there. Also, we are working on the steps to take to make egg production affordable and profitable for our church locations in the Provinces. Here’s some photos:
Us teaching at the La Cayes business seminar…
What it’s all about! A new batch of chicks: