Local rice production dropped from 21,000 metric tonnes in 1992 to just 585 metric tonnes last year, a Joint Select Committee (JSC) chaired by Anthony Viera heard from National Flour Mills (NFM) chairman Nigel Romano yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat yesterday dismissed reports that former People’s National Movement treasurer Andre Monteil is the leading bidder to manage the Aripo Livestock Station which spans over 1,000 acres.
Rambharat was responding to claims from the president of the T&T Farmers’ Union Shiraz Khan. Khan had called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to name the investors who submitted bids to manage the State-owned station a public/private arrangement, as reports had surfaced that Monteil was leading the list of bidders to operate the State-owned station.
Romaine lettuce is safe to eat as long as it's not from California’s Central Coast growing region, federal health officials said late Monday.
So far, an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce has made 43 people sick in 12 states, plus another 22 in Canada, the Food and Drug Administration said.
The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had narrowed down the suspect lettuce to lettuce harvested in northern and central California.