August 2nd, 2023:- The Caltoo Trace Bridge was officially opened by Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries this morning. The bridge, which is located in Plum Mitan, serves over 400 farmers in the eastern community.
Senator Hosein said the bridge is one of many projects the Ministry has undertaken to strengthen the sector. “I visited this community after the floods of November last year. I gave a commitment that the access bridge would be restored and today I am pleased to deliver this project. Roadways and access bridges are vital to the growth and prosperity of the agriculture sector.”
Minister Hosein commended the farmers of the Plum Mitan community saying they are vital to the country’s food supply, “This area is home to over 400 farmers who cultivate over 1,200 acres of land. The produce of this area contributes to the nation’s food security. The Plum Mitan Agricultural Project produces a variety of crops including cucumbers, hot peppers, watermelon and corn.”
Also in attendance was Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries. Minister Singh used the opportunity to remind the population that a number of incentives and grants are available which exist to assist those in the sector. “Agriculture and food production are emerging as ‘in-demand’ professions. I urge members of the public to take advantage of the hundreds of grants that exist to assist farmers.”
Mrs. Coomarie Goolabsingh, Permanent Secretary (Ag.), along with the Acting Head of Engineering, Ms. Michelle Shah and other technical support staff were also in attendance.
For more information on the incentives and grants provided by the Ministry, please visit agriculture.gov.tt.