April 06, 2023:- The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein presented over six million dollars ($6Mn) in cheques to some sixty-two (62) recipients of the Agricultural Finance Support (Agro-Incentive) Programme, yesterday (Wednesday 5th April, 2023). The exercise, which represented the single largest cohort of grant recipients to date, took place at the Head Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries in Chaguanas.
During his address at the Cheque Disbursement Ceremony, Minister Hosein reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment whereby local food producers can thrive within the wider context of national food security and safety. He said, “I want to assure you that this Government of which I am a part, remains dedicated to improving agriculture as a whole in our country”. He also informed those in attendance that “this programme was designed strategically to improve the efficiency and productivity of our sector by helping our stakeholders to access and utilize technology that is available to assist in good agricultural and manufacturing practices.”
In closing, the Minister commended the recipients for their commitment to innovation by proposing new, improved innovative agricultural activities saying, “I encourage you to continue this trend and look for opportunities to add value to your products.”
In expressing her heartfelt appreciation, one of the beneficiaries of today’s Agro-Incentive – Ms. Lajwantee Seejore-Humphrey – said that the funding will be of “tremendous benefit” to her tomato production enterprise as it will enable her to extend and refurbish her greenhouse facility and thus, contribute to both increased and sustainable agricultural production. The Gran Couva farmer added: “The incentive offers persons a unique opportunity to invest in modernized agricultural practices which are often times, far more attractive as compared to the labour-intensive nature of conventional and traditional techniques.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries reaffirms its commitment to supporting the growth and development of the agriculture sector through initiatives like this Agro-Incentive Grant Programme.