Haitians who participated yesterday in the binational market expressed their complaint and despair at the shortage of chickens and eggsin his country.

They say that when agricultural products appear in public stores and markets in their country, they command prices unattainable for the poor.


Trader Dianny Pierre said that the Customs authorities in Ounaminthe, (Haiti), they charge very high taxes and added that the live chicken when they find it in Dominican territory, they buy it at an acceptable pricebut with the taxes charged by Haitian customs collectors, the pound is sold in their country for an equivalent of 200 pesos and that is why most Haitian merchants and buyers prefer to buy these farm-raised birds alive.

Some Haitian merchants argue that the chicken shortage is driving them out of business and that people frequently order the product.

While in the Dominican Republic, the tripe (intestines), the feathers and the beak are wasted, in Haiti they use the former to sell them fried and to make stews.


The feathers for decorations, the beak to complete handicrafts that are sold in tourist centers. The legs, the gizzards and offal (livers) are sold apart from the meat.

The egg shells are used to decorate certain bushes in the gardens of houses owned by lower and upper middle class.

Meanwhile, the small Haitian merchant Natanny Merá Louis, comments that the Dominicans throw away the chicken tripe as waste, but that in Haiti, there are fritters and cafeterias that sell them fried, stewed and in soups, but that now there is a crisis in the commercialization of live chickens.