Chairman of the Toco/Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Terry Rondon says he has reaped a pumpkin weighing more than 100 pounds from his garden at Toco.
Rondon brought the pumpkin to share with his local government colleagues during a consultation with Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein, held at the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation.
In a brief interview, Rondon said he got the seeds and decided to plant them.
Extensive spraying has started in a bid to eradicate swarms of locusts which have already destroyed several acres of crops at Mendez Village, Penal.
Resident Hemraj Seelal said the locusts have been feeding off trees in the forests since January but over the past month, they have started destroying fields of peas, cassava, ochroes and bodi.
“They eating up the ochro trees. We are facing a lot of losses right now,” Seelal said on Monday.
Six months after the August earthquake ripped apart 50 acres of prime agricultural lands in Los Iros, farmers say they have received no assistance from the Government.
During a protest at Royal Engineer (RE) Road, Erin, farmers showed off fields of parched crops.
President of the Los Iros Hillview Farmers Association Reshianand Ramraj said the fields of produce withered because most of the major ponds in the area had dried up. More than 20 irrigation ponds were damaged by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake.
Having lost thousands of dollars in crops at the hands of thieves, Williamsville farmers are calling on Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat to revamp the Predial Larceny Squad.
Farmer Ramsumair Hanuman said the squad has not been responding to distress calls nor was it patrolling farming communities.
Saying the Corial Road farmers were especially hard hit by larceny, Hanuman said they were hopeful that Rambharat would investigate and intervene in their plight.
Local rice production dropped from 21,000 metric tonnes in 1992 to just 585 metric tonnes last year, a Joint Select Committee (JSC) chaired by Anthony Viera heard from National Flour Mills (NFM) chairman Nigel Romano yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat yesterday dismissed reports that former People’s National Movement treasurer Andre Monteil is the leading bidder to manage the Aripo Livestock Station which spans over 1,000 acres.
Rambharat was responding to claims from the president of the T&T Farmers’ Union Shiraz Khan. Khan had called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to name the investors who submitted bids to manage the State-owned station a public/private arrangement, as reports had surfaced that Monteil was leading the list of bidders to operate the State-owned station.