The Enginering Division of the Ministry of Food Production is responsible for the following projects:
- Access Roads
- Water Management
- Soil Lab
- Operations and Maintenance
The objective of the access road section is to rehabilitate and maintain roads used by farmers to access their farmlands. In some cases these roads are impassible by
motor vehicles. This programme ensures that farmers have easy and efficient access to move fertilizer, pesticides, planting materials, etc. and also enables them to
transport their produce from farm to market.
The Water Management Section seeks to identify and make available to the farmers at various statelands projects, suitable irrigation water while also providing some
measure of flood control.
The Soil Laboratory is involved in soil investigations and materials testing which is an essential preliminary step in the conduct of all civil engineering works. The
purposes of such investigations are:-
- To assess the general suitability of the site for the proposed works
- To enable the engineers of Engineering Division to prepare appropriate designs
- To foresee and prevent problems which may arise during construction due to ground and other local conditions.
- To perform on-going relevant field tests during the construction phase to achieve the specifications/quality of works required by Engineering Division.
The primary role of the Survey Section is to provide technical assistance to the Access Roads and Soil and Water Section. This technical assistance may include:
- Topograpical surveys state agricultural lands for the purpose of pond design and construction.
- Topographical surveys of roads.
- Assisting the Soil Laboratory with positioning their test holes on maps which show their position in relation to the project area.
- Monitoring of levels for Road Construction thereby ensuring that the various thicknesses for the sub-base, base and sealing layers as detailed in the contract document
- are executed on site by the contractors.
- Engineering levels on irrigation channels in order to provide data to determine the drainage flow and capacity of channels for design of pumps and sluice gates.
Administration - Role and Function
To provide administrative Accounting and Clerical support to the Directorate and
the Heads of Section of Engineering Division, in managing the Division’s Human Resources, Finances and Goods and Services.
Operations & Maintenance
This section is made of four sub-sections, Central Workshop, Facilities, Maintenance and Pumps. The role and functions are as follows:
- To provide repair and maintenance services to all Ministry vehicles and equipment.
- To provide irrigation and drainage services to all farmers.
- To provide transportation services to all Divisions in the Ministry of Food Production.
- To provide repair and maintenance services to buildings and facilities in the Engineering Division and other Divisions.
Corner Mausica Rd & Caroni North Bank Rd, Centeno
Tel: 642-0363,0267, 646-5231
Due to the increasing cost of production, cocoa farmers are continuously asking for price increases. In response to their call, the CCIB has given increases of 5% in crop year 2012/2013 and 6% in crop year 2013/2014, thereby benefitting approximately 1,700 farmers.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Food Production is pleased to inform the general public of the continued success at the Cocoa of Excellence (COE), International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry’s La Reunion Estate had two samples among the top 50 high quality samples and secured another accolade for our fine or flavour Trinitario cocoa beans,winning one of the 15 International Cocoa Awards for the Central American and Caribbean Region.
Congratulations are also extended to Mr. Harryman Chattergoon of the Tabaquite Cocoa Fermentary, Tabaquite. Two samples sent from the Tabaquite Cocoa Fermentary also secured places in the top 50 high quality samples, representing the best flavour, quality and genetic origin.
The Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of Trinidad and Tobago was established by the Cocoa and Coffee Act 1961 Chapter 64:20 and is mandated to “secure the most favourable arrangements for the purchase, sale, handling, grading, exportation and marketing of cocoa and coffee for the benefit of the cocoa and coffee industry”. The Ministry of Food Production commends the CCIB for their efforts and will continue to work together towards creating a sustainable and food secure nation.