The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, accompanied by a technical team from the Ministry, conducted site visits across the severely affected farming communities in Aranguez, Orange Grove and Plum Mitan, yesterday (November 30th, 2022).
Following the adverse weather conditions over the last few days, several parts of the country were adversely impacted by severe flooding, especially our primary producers in agriculture. In this regard, Minister Hosein, along with the Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh, Permanent Secretary (Ag.), Mrs. Coomarie Goolabsingh and other key officials from the Ministry were on the ground engaging in discussions with affected farmers, in efforts to address issues being faced, while accepting suggestions for possible solutions.
Some of the concerns raised at the various sites were land tenure issues, regular cleaning of the tributaries and main watercourses as well as infrastructural and repair works. The farmers outlined that continued losses are pushing younger persons away from the sector. After taking note of the concerns expressed, Minister Kazim Hosein reaffirmed, “I intend to work with and for all farmers. I have listened to your concerns and possible solutions and assure you that I will do my best with the help of the technical staff at the Ministry to address these issues. We must work together for the benefit of each other and to ensure food availability for all citizens.”
A recurring sentiment among the farmers from each community was that of appreciation for the visits by the Minister and his team. They further indicated their willingness to work closer with the Ministry in improving local food production and achieving food security.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries wishes to advise that assessments have begun and will continue by the Extension Officers of the respective counties as soon as flood waters have receded across the impacted areas.