Friday 30 October, 2020

Ministry gives out $500,000 in agro-incentive grants

Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

Six people have qualified for and received agro-incentive grants, amounting to $500,000.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries said in statement issued today that the cheques were presented to them by Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat at an event hosted at the Ministry’s Head Office in Chaguanas.

Also in attendance was the Permanent Secretary, (Ag), Ms. Susan Shurland.

Rambharat said the Agro Incentive Programme is 'significant and very much needed in order to assist farmers in acquiring the necessary resources for new techniques, equipment and technology'.

Rambarat said he during the first 18 months of his tenure he visited some 250 farms and observed first-hand, the many gaps in the agricultural support offered to farmers, which, he said did not adequately treat with some of their infrastructural, technological and environmental needs.

While also admitting that land tenure "remained at the heart of the problem", given the need for farmers to safeguard the tremendous amount of investment that goes into agriculture, Rambharat said he was particularly heartened by the work of the young farmers in the Kunjal/Barrackpore communities and lauded their efforts in advancing the country's pineapple industry.

The Ministry said one recipient of the grant would use the grant to improve his poultry systems, including the implementation of bell-drinkers and space ray brooders.

The Ministry said another recipient said the grant would be used to "ramp-up" his current paw-paw production by improving his "irrigation and mechanisation initiatives".

The Ministry said the Agro-Incentive Programme was launched by the Agriculture Ministry in October 2018.

Persons interested in obtaining information about the programme can visit the Ministry website at: https://bit.ly/3nypO6d

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