Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat is hopeful the recently announced $100,000 agricultural grant will encourage farming of more indigenous crops.
The Minister was speaking at the Santa Rosa First Peoples School Rally at the national racquet centre on Wednesday.
Rambharat said the agriculture incentive grant, one of the measures announced in last Monday's budget, could reignite agricultural activity among the First Peoples community.
After spending $3 million to refurbish the Otaheite Fishing Complex, fishermen say they are forced to sell their catch outside on the car park, braving wind, rain, and sun because the Fisheries Division has locked them out.
Interviewed, president of the Otaheite Fishing Association Clement Charles said its been two years since the facility was closed.
In the meantime, fish vendors are continuing to operate from the car park.
Citizens will soon be able to complete applications for State land online.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat made the announcement Friday during a brief ceremony to launch the Ministry’s new website at its Chaguanas head office.
The website, which lives at www.agriculture.gov.tt, is part of a wider strategy to move beyond the delivery of services via the ministry’s regional offices and serve stakeholders wherever they are.
Earthquake displaced farmers from Los Iros are begging the Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat to make good on his promise to relocate them.
Its been almost a month since 100 acres of arable farmlands were destroyed in the 6.9 magnitude earthquake.
Since then farmers have been unable to sow or harvest their crops.
Nobbie Mathura, who cultivates five areas, said it breaks his heart to see fields of peppers and other crops go to waste.
Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat has distributed letters conveying Cabinet approval to 20 farmers, entitling these farmers to receive standard agricultural leases for an initial period of thirty 30 years.
The distribution ceremony - the second in three days - took place on Monday at the Rio Claro Demonstration Station in Ecclesville.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat has confirmed there is a locust infestation in several parts of the country.
The Guardian Media team saw hundreds of locusts in the fields of Tortuga in Central Trinidad but Rambharat said the swarms are currently feeding high up in the forests and are posing no threats to farmers.
Asked whether there was an infestation, Rambharat said yes. He explained that the Ministry had reports of infestations at Tortuga, Caparo, Moruga, and Tabaquite. The insects inhabit areas close to forested areas, Rambharat added.