Economy and poultry production in the Little Antilles
The Lesser Antilles is an archipelago found in the Caribbean Sea; it is made up of the smaller Antilles and forms an island arc located southeast of the Greater Antilles...
The Lesser Antilles is an archipelago found in the Caribbean Sea; it is made up of the smaller Antilles and forms an island arc located southeast of the Greater Antilles It is made up of 9 countries (Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia) and 15 dependencies. Their economies are based on tourism, banking services and offshore business services. Barbados is one of the richest economies in the area thanks to these points, together with its agricultural supply and light industry. The same occurs in Trinidad and Tobago, which also have fuel and steel activity.
The islands that are dependencies of European countries (France, the Netherlands, Great Britain) receive economic support for their livelihood.
The small size of the Antillean economies, the weakness of their internal markets and the lack of positioning of the tourism and services sector, hinder their growth. They have a high dependence on exports and imports of inputs. Social inequality is a common structural problem in Caribbean territories.
Offshore banking and financial and business activities are increasingly questioned, since the 2000s the provisions of third countries against them have harmed this source of income.
Regarding poultry production, Trinidad and Tobago stands out with a production of 65,150 tons of chicken meat, followed by Barbados with 15,322 tons and in third place by the Bahamas with 6,362 tons.
The production of Trinidad and Tobago is concentrated in a single company, the same occurs in Barbados and in the case of the Bahamas.
Egg production is not very important in the region, and the demand is mainly covered from imports from the USA (more than 90%), Canada, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
Trinidad and Tobago is positioned as the largest egg producer in the region, although it still needs to import eggs of around 4,000 tons a year from the USA, while Barbados imports around 1,000 tons a year.