Friday 30 October, 2020

Watch: Port of Spain port 'fully operational', says Minister

Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinan, assured the public that the Port of Spain Port is fully operational and bringing in goods as normal. 

Sinanan and Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, assured that there is no disruption in food imports. 


"Since we had the COVID-19 pandemic...we want to give the country the assurance that the port is operating...there is no shortage of imported commodities. The port is operating at full capacity, ships are coming in on a daily basis," Sinanan said. 

Rambharat said the local food production is essential and supplies are coming in to farmers. 

"The agro shops are open. Farmers markets are open and farmers have access to that...and have been able to sell. We've been able to maintain all adherence to (safety) guidelines. 

"With the restaurants being closed there's a reduction in demand, so some farmers may have a challenge in selling to traditional places. To deal with whatever surplus we have chilled storage for whatever they may need."

Rambharat said there is storage for up to one million pounds of produce for farmers with excess crops, mainly at the Piarco packing house and a private facility in Trincity. Mobile storage will also be placed in other areas throughout the country. 

Rambharat said his Ministry is working together with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services to create a new initiative involving food cards which includes a vegetable and fruit box which would be done through NAMDEVCO farmers.  

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