Government reaction on reports of dumping

Trinidad & Tobago: Minister says chillers available for produce

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat said free refrigerated storage is available for farmers after reports of an excess of produce, leading to crops being dumped.  Rambharat said in a statement issued on April 14 that the allegations of dumping were investigated after a statement was made by Mayaro MP Rushton Paray.

"After his Press Release on Saturday evening about dumping, I communicated with the MP for Mayaro; Namdevco did a comprehensive visit to Kernahan and Cascadoux (farming areas in Mayaro) yesterday; and the Ministry’s County Officer for Nariva-Mayaro contacted the MP for information and/evidence of “dumping of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry".

"Nothing could be furnished except reference to a call from one farmer advising about 5000 lbs of cantaloupe available for sale and a call received from a farmers entity saying farmers were dumping their produce and “the Opposition was extremely silent on the issue of Agriculture”.

"When I defined farmers access to consumers as the most immediate issue, a month ago on March 13, 2020, Namdevco set out in detail how Farmers Markets and other markets would operate so that we do not risk closure by the Ministry of Health or National Security. I took personal responsibility for those arrangements."

According to, Rambharat also said temperature-controlled storage is available for over one million pounds of produce, however some farmers operate outside of Namdevco's policies.

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