Efforts are being made to stave off a further increase in the price of chicken meat.
The Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries is trying to get poultry farmers to increase production of baby chicks and seek substitutes for high priced grains.
Data from the industry indicate that world feed prices have increased by more than 40 per cent. In addition there were challenges caused by Tropical Storms Grace and Ida.
Agriculture Minister Floyd Green has been meeting with stakeholders to explore strategies to mitigate price increases.
He told Radio Jamaica News that the discussions have been focused on how to get cheaper food for the animals to minimise the costs that are passed on to consumers.
He said the his ministry had even gone beyond Jamaica's shores in the quest to find alternative sources of chicken feed, askin the Food and Agricultural Organization, "asking for some technical assistance to see if we can look at substitutes that can help lower our price, especially in relation to feed."
Despite the current challenges, Mr. Green is urging local farmers to become part of the solution in increasing the supply of poultry, "and believe if we are able meet that demand, it will help on the supply side and have a positive impact on prices."