Ministry of Planning and Development

Tewarie tells Govt: "Pay cane farmers before they die..."

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 mat­ter was raised at yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee in ex­am­in­ing the 2020 ex­pen­di­ture of the Min­istry of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment in Par­lia­ment.

The com­mit­tee was told that $5 mil­lion was al­lo­cat­ed in the 2019 bud­get for the farm­ers of which $1.7 mil­lion had been spent.

Government prepares action plan to address beaches with poor bathing water quality

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.

Planning Ministry meets with stakeholders over plans to ban imports of styrofoam

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.  

Government pays $57.9 million to former Caroni cane farmers today

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.