Advisories and assessments on tree health, pruning and felling

Advisories and assessments on tree healthis offered to the general public. Treepruning and felling is offered toGovernment departments ONLY.

Who Qualifies
(General Public, Tree pruning and felling is offered to Government departments ONLY)

How to obtain Service by the Horticultural Division
Submit an application to the Director,Horticultural Services Division giving fulldetails, i.e. the name and address of theapplicant, the exact address and locationof the tree (s), the ownership of the landon which the tree (s) is/are located, andthe nature of any threat and or risk, and ifpossible, the type of tree.

Contact Information
Director, Horticultural ServicesDivision, Cotton Hill, Maraval.
Tel:- 622-1221/5Ext. 2160-2164 and 2166
Fax:- 622-9131

Employee Assistance Programme

During the course of one’s career, an employee may experience situations that affect his or her capacity to perform well on the job. These experiences, while personal in nature, can manifest in the workplace as issues that affect performance, attendance, or conduct.

The EAP will therefore provide confidential short term solutions- focused assessments for employees and/or dependent members of their household.

Services offered include a 24 hour telephone/Email consultation, one- on- one counseling, referrals to Specialist Treatment Providers and short-term support, a chance to regain control and self-confidence, and effective resolution of personal problems which may include health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, emotional, stress or any other personal issues that may affect job performance.

Who Qualifies

Ministry of Food Production staff and immediate family

Contact Information

Enquiries and Requests of a personal nature will be handled with a high level of sensitivity and great measures will be made to ensure confidentiality.

Phone: 628-1617/Ext 223

Name of Coordinator: Eric Ribeiro

Emailfpeap@fp.gov.tt

 

Indoor office décor

Who Qualifies
Government departmentsonly (pots and saucers to besupplied by applicant.

How to obtain Service by the Horticultural Division
Submit an application to the Director,Horticultural Services Division statingwho, with address wants what, when,where, why and how many potted plantsare needed. The application shouldalso state whether technical advisory orlandscaping services are needed only, orprior to the formal request.

Contact Information
Director, Horticultural ServicesDivision, Cotton Hill, Maraval.
Tel:- 622-1221/5Ext. 2160-2164 and 2166
Fax:- 622-9131

Outdoor landscaping advisories with the free issue of planting material

Who Qualifies
(Government departments, Non-Government, Community and Faith based organisations)

How to obtain Service by the Horticultural Division
Submit an application to the Director,Horticultural Services Division statingwho, with address wants what, when,where, why and how many plants areneeded. The application should also statewhether technical advisory or landscapingservices are needed only, or prior to theformal request.

Contact Information
Director, Horticultural ServicesDivision, Cotton Hill, Maraval.
Tel:- 622-1221/5Ext. 2160-2164 and 2166
Fax:- 622-9131

Provision - Audio visual, Publications and Printed materials

Who Qualifies
Ministry Staff.
All interested persons.Limited to available resources.

How to obtain Service bythe Extension Training and Information Services (ETIS) Division
Contact the Division

Contact Information
ETIS, Centeno
Tel: 646-2737/8
Fax: 642-6747
Email: etis@fplma.gov.tt , etis.division@yahoo.com

Short term loan of potted plants and / or plants for indoor and outdoor décor

Who Qualifies
(Government departments, Non-Government, Community, and Faith based organisations)

How to obtain Service by the Horticultural Division
Submit an application to the Director,Horticultural Services Division detailingwho, with address wants what, when,where, why and how many (pottedand bagged plants) are needed. Theapplication should state whether technicaladvisory or landscaping services areneeded only, or, prior to the formalrequest.

Contact Information
Director, Horticultural ServicesDivision, Cotton Hill, Maraval.
Tel:- 622-1221/5Ext. 2160-2164 and 2166
Fax:- 622-9131

 

In 1997, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago establish a National Soil Testing and Advisory Service for farmers. Following the closure of Caroni (1975) Limited, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago have initiated plans to allocate to 7,000 former Caroni workers two (2) acres parcels of land for farming. The Soil and Land Capability Unit have been mandated by the Ministry to sample and analyze these parcels of land. The Unit’s protocol is to do two (2) samples per acre, at two depths 0-15cm and 15-30cm.

Soil testing is done throughout Trinidad and Tobago by a dedicated team of officers and assistants. The service also provides Soil Surveys, Cartography and Land Capability Reports.

Land Capability Reports are done for (a) Town and Country Planning (b) Agricultural Development Bank and (c) Private Farmers.

On average of fifty (50), Land Capability Reports are prepared per year for an approximate acreage of 100,000 acres.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries are mainly the farming community but also Town & Country Planning Division can make informed decisions re change of land use in areas.

Objectives

  1. Provide diagnostic services to improve crop yields through proper and timely application of soil ameliorants and fertilizers.
  2. Provide Land Capability Reports to Government agencies.
  3. Provide soil surveys and soil mapping for researches, farmers and government agencies.

Project Scope

  1. To sample soil on an average of 1000 farmer’s holding yielding 7,500 samples for chemical analysis.
  2. To recommend fertilizer and soil ameliorant in order to improve crop yields.
  3. To recommend crop suitability to soil type and fertility on farmers’ holding and provide reliable data towards increasing farmers’ confidence.
  4. To facilitate lecturers and demonstrations to educational institutions.
  5. To conduct various research programmes such as :-
    • Integrated Soil and Water Management for improved Crop production in Puzzle Island District, St. Patrick.
    •  Research on soil ameliorants for acid soils.
    • Research on Red Palm Mite in Coconuts – Joint project with CABI
    • Biofertiliser Research Technology and Application in Trinidad and Tobago.
    • Soil and Land Use Surveys – Cocoa Soils and Cocoa Estates in Gran Couva.
    • The resilience of sugar cane soils
    • Research – Amelioration of soils to mitigate  heavy metal contamination  of cocoa beans