Saturday 24 August, 2019

MP pleads for help for poultry farmers affected by flooding

Oropouche West MP Vidia Gayadeen- Gopeesingh is calling on the government to compensate farmers who lost their livestock and crops due to the recent flooding last weekend.

In a release issued on Thursday, the MP criticized the Government for what she described as its failure to offer redress to those affected.  

“Last weekend, yet again the constituents of Oropouche West are left to suffer because of a government who simply refuses to take action to ensure a comfortable life for some of our country’s hardest working citizens. For the fourth time in less than a year, we have been devastated by flooding.”

The MP also accused the “negligent” administration of ignoring appeals by constituents to dredge and widen rivers during the dry season.

“I have written numerous letters to Minister Sinanan asking for his intervention and to date we have seen no action taking place. The Tulsa Trace floodgates remain dysfunctional to this day.”

 “There are many farmers within Oropouche West and it is unfortunate that persons have to constantly readjust their lives. It is ludicrous that persons are yet to receive compensation from last year’s flooding, to add to that turmoil constituents have told me the assessors representing the Ministry of Agriculture have indicated that the ministry does not provide compensation for poultry and livestock.”

Gayadeen-Gopeesingh said the state’s involvement in the livestock and poultry industries in Trinidad and Tobago is meagre as farmers are faced with tremendous operational difficulties. 

She said high costs of feed, no extension services, praedial larceny and little incentives are just of a few of the issues farmers overcome to maintain their livelihood.

 “Farmers in this country are vital to the resurrection of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy and I cannot fathom why the government continues to abuse them. How can it be that there is no provision for compensation for livestock and poultry?  It is imperative that that livestock and poultry farmers are compensated expeditiously.”

The MP further accused the Government of being wicked for its unwillingness to assist farmers.

“Around this time of the year livestock and poultry farmers have increased demand for their products and it is unfair that this wicked PNM government refuses to assist these hardworking and law-abiding citizens, a few weeks before Christmas.”

 

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