UNC promises 10,000 agricultural jobs by 2025
Should the United National Congress (UNC) return to office, it intends to create 10,000 jobs in the agricultural sector by 2025.
According to UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar this would see a reduction of the food import bill by $2 billion and generate an additional billion in agricultural exports.
She gave the commitment while speaking at a UNC meeting on Thursday night as she said the country should not be spending billions on each year to import food that can be grown locally.
Meanwhile, Persad-Bissessar made a promise to former Caroni farmers that they would receive the outstanding second and third tranches of a European Union grant intended to restructure the formerly state-owned sugar sector and to support the Government’s efforts to increase domestic food production.
She admitted that the outstanding funds could not be paid together but assured that they would be settled.
As part of the UNC’s plan for agriculture: outstanding issues affecting former Caroni workers and cane farmers will be addressed; 25,000 acres of Caroni lands will be leased to create agricultural parks to kick start new agricultural activity; 25,000 acres of same will be leased to registered farmers and private sector investors to create agricultural parks in strategic locations throughout the country, and idle lands will be put to work.