THERE appears to be some misunderstanding on the importation of chicken from the alleged avian flu prevalent countries such as Australia, China and Malaysia.
If there are no biosecurity protocols in place for chicken products originating from those alleged high-risk countries, no importation will be allowed by PNG in the first place.
It simply means that all quarantine safeguards at the sources of chicken farming, processing and exportation out of those certified establishments have been inspected by the National Quarantine and Inspection Authority (Naqia) of PNG.
They have been cleared and approved by Naqia.
If there are concerns by local industry players on competition in different market segments where there is under or oversupply, then a proper documented case should be presented to the government for appropriate intervention to impose an ad valorem duty of AU$ 3 (K10) per kilogramme on chickens.
The duty makes imported chickens expensive.
To make generalised assertion for other motives is a gross insult to those in the poultry industry.
How and in what ways will the entire chicken industry be wiped out when the country has been importing parent breeding replacement stock from Australia for over 40 years.
For over 40 years, PNG has been importing for pullets (layers) and broilers (meat).
These are used by Niugini Table Birds, Zenag and other companies.
They then supply day-old chicks to small farmers throughout the country.
Australia is the host of gene bank for poultry that is supplied to this country.