Thieves target La Romaine farmers

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.

Farmers welcome thundershowers

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.

Farmers charged with siphoning water in Aranguez

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.

Aranguez farmers challenge WASA’s seizure of water pumps

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.

Farmers chop down 300 acres of forest reserve

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.

Rains hamper spraying of locusts

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.