Within a week thieves made off with eight cattle worth $36,000 in total, including two pregnant cows, from five farmers in La Romaine.
Two of the animals were found dead, including the pregnant cow which was mutilated, and a third was found alive and returned to its owner.
Thundershowers drenched most of T&T on Sunday following a scorching dry season, bringing gusty winds which toppled trees and broke branches in North Trinidad.
But by midday, the T&T Meteorological Office cancelled its adverse weather alert from yellow to green saying weather conditions had improved significantly although a few showers were still expected to linger into the night.
There were no reports of any major damage or flooding.
In South Trinidad, the rains started around 7 am and lasted well after midday.
WASA has officially charged two farmers who were reportedly siphoning water in Aranguez for their gardens.
The farmers were served with summonses to appear in court later this month while they were meeting with Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat on Tuesday evening.
On Saturday, security officers employed with WASA confiscated the pumps of two farmers in the Aranguez district.
The farmers had threatened legal action against the move and demanded the return of their equipment.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has been called on to justify the actions of its estate police officers who seized water pumps from two Aranguez farmers over the weekend.
In a letter sent to WASA’s corporate secretary Dion Abdool yesterday, lawyers representing Ishwah Singh and Hansraj Moonilal gave the authority until 4 pm tomorrow to give a detailed explanation over the controversial seizure.
The duo’s lawyers also gave WASA the option of immediately returning the equipment to avoid legal proceedings.
Pineapple farmers who have chopped down more than 300 acres of forest reserve in Tableland are expected to be charged by the police following investigations, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat confirmed yesterday.
Rambharat himself has also launched a probe into “the complete failure of the Forestry Division to combat squatting in the forest reserves.”
In an interview with the T&T Guardian, Rambharat said he was appalled at the forest destruction.
Heavy rains put a damper on spraying operations at agricultural estates near Bunsee Trace, Penal on Tuesday as farmers continue to grapple with crop losses from an infestation of locusts.
The locusts, which are about a centimetre in length, have been gobbling fields of cassava, peas, ochroes and bodi near the forests of Morne Diablo.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said spraying started since Sunday.
However, residents of Penal Rock said not all the areas are being covered.