Applications for state land coming online soon

Citizens will soon be able to complete applications for State land online.

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat made the announcement Friday during a brief ceremony to launch the Ministry’s new website at its Chaguanas head office.

The website, which lives at, is part of a wider strategy to move beyond the delivery of services via the ministry’s regional offices and serve stakeholders wherever they are.

Los Iros farmers still awaiting relocation

Earth­quake dis­placed farm­ers from Los Iros are beg­ging the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Clarence Ramb­harat to make good on his promise to re­lo­cate them.

Its been al­most a month since 100 acres of arable farm­lands were de­stroyed in the 6.9 mag­ni­tude earth­quake.

Since then farm­ers have been un­able to sow or har­vest their crops.

Nob­bie Mathu­ra, who cul­ti­vates five ar­eas, said it breaks his heart to see fields of pep­pers and oth­er crops go to waste.

20 farmers get leases to state land

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat has distributed letters conveying Cabinet approval to 20 farmers, entitling these farmers to receive standard agricultural leases for an initial period of thirty 30 years.

The distribution ceremony - the second in three days - took place on Monday at the Rio Claro Demonstration Station in Ecclesville.

Locust infestation in Central Trinidad

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat has confirmed there is a locust infestation in several parts of the country. 

The Guardian Media team saw hundreds of locusts in the fields of Tortuga in Central Trinidad but Rambharat said the swarms are currently feeding high up in the forests and are posing no threats to farmers.

Asked whether there was an infestation, Rambharat said yes. He explained that the Ministry had reports of infestations at Tortuga, Caparo, Moruga, and Tabaquite. The insects inhabit areas close to forested areas, Rambharat added.

La Romaine couple reap 20-inch ochro

A La Romaine couple who reaped ochroes 20 inches long are hoping to make it into the Guinness World Book of Records.

Parbatee and Harold Boodoo of Temple Street Duncan Village, San Fernando, planted the deer horn ochroes in their backyard garden six weeks ago but they never imagined that it would grow unusually long.

Ochroes usually grow to six to seven inches but on Sunday when Parbatee ventured to cut ochroes for a meal of crab and callaloo, she realized that one of the trees had an unusual bountiful harvest.

Ban on Venezuelan crab meat

The agriculture minister has instructed the fisheries division to discontinue the issuing of permits for the importation of processed crab meat and live crabs from Venezuela.

The US food and drug administration has found a bacteria in fresh crab meat from Venezuela that can cause cholera. 

Speaking with CNC3 news minister Clarence Rambharat said that the crab meat referred to by the US is processed and packaged crab meat. He says the ministry of trade has stopped issuing licenses for the import of that product from Venezuela.