Jamaican government has reaffirmed its commitment to partnering with key stakeholders in protecting the poultry industry from the avian influenza and other diseases, which threaten the sustainability of the sector. The assurance came from State Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, as he addressed the opening of the Caribbean Poultry Association’s (CPA) technical symposium in New Kingston, Jamaica. The minister disclosed that the government recognizes the importance of the poultry industry to the nation’s food security thus through the ministry’s Veterinary Division, has been working closely with private sector partners to protect country borders from avian influenza and other diseases and looks forward to continued collaboration in this regard. According to CPA Board Member and President and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Broilers Group Limited, the outbreak of avian influenza earlier 2015, primarily in Mexico and the United States, brought to the fore, the key role the poultry industry plays in terms of food safety and security. The minister noted that while significant strides have been made in increasing production of poultry products, still there is a way to go before attaining self-sufficiency in the country. Moreover, local poultry production and backyard poultry rearing contributes significantly to the supply of poultry meat in Jamaica. Despite the gains made by the regional industry, a significant amount of broiler meat continues to be imported as reflected in the 2012 CPA trade statistics, disclosed the minister. As the regional representative of the poultry producers, the CPA promotes the interests of the industry to ensure sustainability, growth and further development.