Agriculture

Sheldon Blackman's new single 'Grow Your Food', a message for T&T

Within weeks of landing in Trinidad and Tobago from Norway, T&T artiste Sheldon Blackman has recorded and released a new single, 'Grow your Food'.

"I started my own garden from the age of 11 and for all of my childhood, growing up with my father, the late Ras Shorty I, we ate primarily from the land," Blackman said.

Blackman said he was inspired to compose 'Grow your Food' by his passion for gardening and his vision of home growing as a solution for sustainable living.

Fresh produce prices soar after floods

Prices of some types of fresh pro­duce have dou­bled at the South­ern Whole­sale Mar­ket in Debe fol­low­ing last week­end’s ex­ten­sive flood­ing and ven­dors al­so be­lieve price hikes and price goug­ing are keep­ing cus­tomers away.

When a T&T Guardian team vis­it­ed the mar­ket this week, the usu­al traf­fic and crowds were non-ex­is­tent.

Grow more indigenous crops

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Land and Fish­eries Clarence Ramb­harat is hope­ful the re­cent­ly an­nounced $100,000 agri­cul­tur­al grant will en­cour­age farm­ing of more in­dige­nous crops.

The Min­is­ter was speak­ing at the San­ta Rosa First Peo­ples School Ral­ly at the na­tion­al rac­quet cen­tre on Wednes­day.

Ramb­harat said the agri­cul­ture in­cen­tive grant, one of the mea­sures an­nounced in last Mon­day's bud­get, could reignite agri­cul­tur­al ac­tiv­i­ty among the First Peo­ples com­mu­ni­ty.

Otaheite fishermen want $3 million depot open

Af­ter spend­ing $3 mil­lion to re­fur­bish the Ota­heite Fish­ing Com­plex, fish­er­men say they are forced to sell their catch out­side on the car park, brav­ing wind, rain, and sun be­cause the Fish­eries Di­vi­sion has locked them out.

In­ter­viewed, pres­i­dent of the Ota­heite Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Clement Charles said its been two years since the fa­cil­i­ty was closed.

In the mean­time, fish ven­dors are con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate from the car park.

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