Farmers donate hampers of vegetable produce


Offering the namaste greeting to each other in front of the hampers placed under a tent in the yard of the Las Lomas Police Post are, from left: Head of the Las Lomas Police Post Sgt Tyrell Figaro; Councillor Balmattie Gosyne; and Pundit Ramdath Mahase. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Farmers at Las Lomas in Central Trinidad have donated well over 100 hampers of fresh produce, to assist poverty-stricken members of the community.

The hampers were turned over to Sergeant Tyrell Figaro, the head of the Las Lomas Police Post, today. Sergeant Figaro told Guardian Media the police would distribute the hampers of fresh produce and dry-goods items to the neediest of the needy in the area.

“We are looking at the people who have been totally dislodged with COVID-19 disease,” he explained. “The officers of the Central Division, under Senior Superintendent Simon, came together to help the community with support from the agricultural sector, to provide these bags of provisions and foodstuff to people in need.” 

Sergeant Figaro said the effort was an excellent example of cooperation with the community and the police.

“It’s not only about crime in the area,” he said. “We also have to work together to ensure that the public eat.”

Councillor for Las Lomas/San Rafael on the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, Balmattie Gosyne, said many people in the area are struggling for food.

She told Guardian Media that she and the police were contacted with requests for assistance. Gosyne said with the aid of Pundit Ramdath Mahase of the Shiva Joyti Temple, the hampers were collected, sorted and packaged.

Goysne said the help does not end with only this donation made on Friday. She said efforts would be made to continue rendering assistance to the very neediest cases in the community who are struggling to put a meal on their table.

The hampers started arriving shortly before 2 pm on the back of a pick-up and were offloaded under a tent placed in the yard of the Police Post.