Agriculture Minister says….“Multi-faceted Approach implemented to assist flood-affected farmers”
Agriculture Minister says…“Multi-faceted Approach implemented to assist flood-affected farmers”
Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, empathizes with farmers adversely impacted by the torrential rains which occurred over the past few days. He wishes to inform all those affected that “the Government has implemented a multi-faceted approach involving several ministries and agencies to ensure that all registered farmers and affected citizens receive assistance in the shortest possible time.”
He continued by saying, “I have witnessed the impact of flooding on the farming community and I wish to assure all those affected that this government will mobilize the necessary resources to not only bring relief but also return a level of normalcy and productivity to this valuable sector.”
Minister Hosein reiterated the response provided by the Honourable Prime Minister during the Questions segment in the Parliament on Friday 11th November, 2022, whereby on the urgent request of the Honourable Prime Minister, a Coordinating Unit was established. This Unit will involve coordinated efforts among the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Public Utilities, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries as well as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, WASA, T&TEC, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Trinidad and Tobago Municipal Police Service, National Quarries Company Limited, and SWMCOL; all in an effort to lend support to those affected across the country.
The Minister further encouraged all registered farmers to visit their nearest County Offices throughout the country to make their flood damage claims. Farmers are advised that claims should be made to the relevant County Agricultural Offices as soon as possible and / or within ten (10) working days. After the water subsides, an Agricultural Extension Officer will contact farmers and visit their respective holding in order to verify the accuracy of the claims made, following which, the claims will be sent for timely processing.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and by extension the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago remain committed to ensuring that every effort is made to assist all affected farmers during this difficult time.
The following are contact information for the County Offices;
- County St. George West (112 Farm Road, Curepe)
- County St. Andrews/St. David (El Reposo Demo. Station, Sangre Grande)
- County Caroni (Lightpole 525, Old Southern Main Rd., Chase Vlg.,)
Regional Administration South (Inverness Ave., San Fernando) – Main Office South
- County St. Patrick East (Ramjattan St., Penal)
- County St. Patrick West (Cedros Breeding Unit – Reid Rd., Point Fortin)