Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Gov.tt
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Filter by Categories
African Swine Fever
Agricultural Services
All Manuals - Crops
Animal Production & Health
Banana
Bees Sensitization
Bulletins
Bulletins - Crops
Careers
cassava
Citrus
Cocoa-crops
Contract Employment
Corn
Crops2
Department Subdivision and Units
Engineering
Events
Extension Training & Information Services
Factsheet - Advisory
Factsheets
Factsheets-Crops
Factsheets-livestock
Fisheries
Forestry
Former Ministers
Gallery 2019 Page
Gallery 2020 Page
Gallery 2021 Page
General Public
Giant African Snails
Home Gardening Series
Home Gardens
Homepage Featured Land
Horticulture
How to Grow
Lease Letter Distribution
Legislation
Livestock
Livestock Feeds
Locust Management
Mango
Manuals
Manuals & Booklets - Livestock
Manuals-Crops
Media Releases
News
Pest Advisories
Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery 2019
Photo Gallery 2020
Photo Gallery 2021
Posters - Other
Posters-Livestock
Poultry
Poultry Bulletins
Public Notices
Public Officers
Publications
Rabies
Regional Administration North
Regional Administration South
Research
Root Crops
Seed Initiative
Survey More
Surveying and Mapping
Sweet Potato
Tenders
Training Courses

Twenty (20) Farmers to benefit from Agricultural Parcels in Petit Morne

12 January, 2022

Twenty (20) Farmers to benefit from Agricultural Parcels in Petit Morne

IMG_6289

Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (2nd from right), strikes a pose with Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government (2nd from left) and Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Member of Parliament for San Fernando East, the Honourable Brian Manning (centre), following the signing of a Framework Agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) and the Rural Development Company Limited (RDC) at MALF’s Chaguanas Head Office on Wednesday 12th January, 2022. Also present for the signing of the Agreement were the Acting Permanent Secretary (MALF), Ms. Susan Shurland (extreme right) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Ms. Desdra Bascombe (extreme left).

Twenty (20) young farmers from South Trinidad have been allocated a forty (40)-acre block of State land in Petit Morne, St. Madeleine, which is to be developed into two (2)-acre parcels for the purposes of agriculture. So said Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, following the signing of a Framework Agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) and the Rural Development Company Limited (RDC) at MALF’s Chaguanas Head Office earlier today (Wednesday 12th January, 2022).

The Agreement, which treats with the provision of procurement and project management services in respect to the development of the forty (40)-acre block, also provides for the relocation of eighteen (18) farmers, whose agricultural holdings along the Marabella Train Line (South of the Petrotrin Refinery), were affected as a result of the construction of the Waterfront Development in San Fernando. Also included in the current arrangement, are two (2) additional farmers from the San Fernando area, both of whom according to Minister Rambharat, were affected by precarious land tenure agreements, incidents of theft and adverse weather conditions, despite their significant strides and financial investments in agriculture.

The Minister also noted that while the agreement makes provisions for the development of the forty (40)-acre site for the purpose of relocation, it was one of three (3) blocks of State land in Petit Morne, comprising of over 290 acres, with the other two (2) blocks being earmarked by the Government for the development of the Homestead Programme and Greenhouse Project in the future, given the area’s topography, location and access to utilities and markets.

With respect to the Greenhouse Project the Honourable Minister said: “The idea is to develop Greenhouse facilities that will give young people, in particular, the opportunity to move away from traditional agriculture to that of protected farming. To this end, the Government has entered into a partnership with the Chinese Government to provide technical advice on greenhouses with the aim of having these deployed across the country. The intention is to involve the National Agricultural Marketing Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) in the initial phase and then subsequently engage the RDC to partner with us.”

In bringing remarks at the event, Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Member of Parliament (MP) for San Fernando East, the Honourable Brian Manning, expressed his gratitude towards the initiative, which he said will bring tremendous benefits to Petit Morne as he looked forward to working closely with the Agriculture Ministry on other projects, in due course.

Also present at the signing of the Agreement were the: Minister of Rural Development and Local Government (RDLG), Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein; Acting Permanent Secretary (MALF), Ms. Susan Shurland; Permanent Secretary (RDLG), Ms. Desdra Bascombe; Chairman of the RDC, Ms. Patricia Alexis and Chief Executive Officer of the RDC, Mr. Jason Kissoon.

IMG_6670 (2)

On the dotted line: Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Ms. Susan Shurland (seated left), signs the Framework Agreement along with the CEO of the the Rural Development Company Limited, Mr. Mr. Jason Kissoon (seated centre), at MALF’s Chaguanas Head Office on Wednesday 12th January, 2022. Also present at the signing were: Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (standing centre); Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government (standing right) and Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Member of Parliament for San Fernando East, the Honourable Brian Manning (standing left).