State land users receive approvals for long-term leases
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Several state land users received approvals for long-term leases this week, said Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat.
On Wednesday Rambharat said he issued letters to people who had been waiting to receive approvals for long-term leases for state land for as long as 30 years.
“As promised this morning’s distribution of letters of Cabinet approval for the grant of long-term leases was held in El Reposo Demonstration Station, Sangre Grande. Recipients came from Plum Mitan, Manzanilla, Brooklyn Settlement- Sangre Grande, Wallerfield, Cumuto, San Raphael and other areas in North East, Trinidad. Again for the majority, the wait has been up to 30 years.
“I thank the many persons working from our County and other State Land Offices to the Cabinet Secretariat and at the Office of the AG for all their support,” he said.
Rambharat said on Tuesday that the process had been moving at a slow pace:
“From across the country today and tomorrow State land users would receive their letters of Cabinet approval for the grant of long-term leases.”
“For the majority, the wait for their file to reach the Cabinet had been up to 30 years. In the presence of the Ministry’s PS I indicated that two weeks ago I once again pointed to slow pace in dealing with agricultural land files particularly for productive farmers. Notwithstanding I thank the many persons working from our County and other State Land Offices to the Cabinet Secretariat and at the Office of the AG for all their support.”
The Ministry said in a statement that the Lease Letter Distribution Ceremony was held at the Ministry's corporate headquarters in Chaguanas.
The letters, which convey Cabinet’s approval to grant standard agricultural leases for an initial period of 30 years, will enable recipients to engage public agencies and institutions to conduct business in respect to their agricultural parcels.