Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Farmers call for limit on food imports

President of the Unified Farmers Association, Sheraz Khan, is calling for government to seriously look at the high level of produce and meat importation being allowed in Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking to Power 102.1FM, Khan said he is urging the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries to put local farmers first and seek the interest of citizens’ health as permits that would grant importers the right to bring in produce from foreign countries, are being submitted to the ministries.

We cannot continue to import all the time and you’re suffering your own people based on their level of production…I am urging and begging the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade to seek the needs of the farmers, of limiting the amount of importation that is taking place into the country, not only for the benefit of the farmers, but also in terms of the health and the safety of the country, in ensuring we have safe food coming into Trinidad and Tobago.”

Meanwhile, Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries Minister Clarence Rambharat said that the country's fishing legislation is outdated and that plans are afoot to have a Draft Fisheries Bill ready by the end of October 2017.

A two-day training session, hosted by the FAO, on ‘International Fisheries Law’ will be hosted this week, with beneficiaries being the legal representatives of the Agencies represented on the Cabinet-appointed Committee on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

 

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