Thursday 29 October, 2020

Rambharat: 'Ministry will reclaim farmlands not used for agriculture'

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat.
(Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries)

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat. (Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries has warned that those using the state's agricultural lands for non-agricultural purposes will face the full brunt of the law.

The ministry issued a release on the matter following the distribution of lease letters to eight farmers at its head office.

Speaking at a small distribution ceremony today, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat issued a stern warning to persons who would have received leases to use state lands for agriculture purposes but have not done so. 

He said that those persons are in breach that the ministry would now be moving aggressively to reclaim those lands for redistribution. 

Rambharat thanked the recipients for their patience and indicated that Cabinet had dealt with a number of leases during the COVID-19 period. He said he expects to see more leases being distributed to persons throughout the country in due course.

The minister also gave a preview of the upcoming initiatives proposed by the government —  the Homestead Programme. 

It involves the distribution of parcels of lands to qualified recipients throughout the country for the construction of their home and also to be used for agricultural purposes. 

He added that the type of agriculture that will be encouraged on these parcels of lands will be greenhouses or shade houses and climate protected agriculture.

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