Caroni Central MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie made a passionate plea for Government to pay the country’s ageing cane farmers who he claimed are owed millions of dollars before they die one-by-one.
The committee was told that $5 million was allocated in the 2019 budget for the farmers of which $1.7 million had been spent.
The Ministry of Planning and Development says an inter-ministerial committee has been established to advise on an action plan to address the problem of sea water polluted with faeces and other pollutants.
The ministry says it has taken note of the concerns raised by citizens on social media.
The following is a statement issued by the ministry.
The Permanent Secretary and a team from the Ministry of Planning and Development has met with representatives of the food and beverage container industry, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce Trinidad and Tobago to engage in consultation on the issue of banning the manufacture, import and use of styrofoam for food and beverage containers in Trinidad and Tobago.
Cane farmers will receive a cheque of just under $58 million dollars from the government today, as part of the compensation package for the closure of Caroni (1975) Limited.
The cheque will be handed over by Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis to the Cane Farmers' Association.
Cabinet, in a meeting on July 28th, 2016 agreed to pay the cane farmers the sum of $57,965,675.00 for Tranches II and III of the compensation package as a final settlement of the 2007 transitional payment.