Agriculture Minister warns: “All Illegal Livestock found on sea and farms will be seized and destroyed”

January 30th, 2024:-  Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein issued a stern warning to the public against purchasing illegal livestock and agricultural products.


Earlier today, Minister Hosein embarked on a comprehensive tour of key sites across the southern peninsula, including areas along Cedros and Icacos, in a proactive move to sensitize the public on the health risks associated with the importation of illegal produce. Also on tour with the Honourable Minister were Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh – Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Member of Parliament for Point Fortin – the Hon. Kennedy Richards Jr., Deputy Permanent Secretary – Mrs. Nela Dwarika-Ali, along with a dedicated technical team from the Forestry Division’s Wildlife Section, Regional Administration South Division, Animal Production and Health Division, the Agricultural Society of TT and Livestock and Livestock Products Board, as well as the Praedial Larceny Squad; all under the remit of the Ministry.


This tour was aimed at assessing challenges and engaging with key agricultural stakeholders. Of particular concern during the tour was the rampant illegal importation of agricultural products and wildlife, a threat that poses significant risks to both the environment and public health. Minister Hosein expressed his deep concern and commitment to addressing this pressing issue that impacts communities’ well-being, stating, “Our purpose today is to bring awareness to the public regarding the illegal importation of animals. Citizens must be cautious of the illegal importation of animals and animal products. This illicit activity not only poses a threat to our local ecosystems but also jeopardizes the lives and livelihoods of our citizens.” He further urged citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities.


“I strongly caution against the purchase of items stemming from illegal imports. These actions not only impact our communities but also have severe health implications. We cannot compromise the well-being of our families and loved ones, so I urge everyone to be proactive in safeguarding our environment and public health,” Minister Hosein warned.


During today’s visits, the MALF also had the opportunity to meet with farmers like Mr. De Freitas who has over 90 acres of land dedicated to livestock and livestock produce as well as fresh fruits. Also conducting exercises in the Cedros area were officers from the Praedial Larceny Squad led by Inspector Haspoodeen, along with the Game Wardens.


The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries remains committed to taking decisive actions against illegal activities that compromise the integrity of the agricultural sector and endanger public health. The tour reaffirms the Government’s dedication to fostering awareness and collaboration within communities to ensure a sustainable and secure agricultural future for Trinidad and Tobago.


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