Karl Murray, Technical Officer in the Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries is assuring Tobagonians that the department is free of any political interference relating to the distribution of agriculture lands in the sister isle.
Mr. Murray made the comment while speaking at a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Lands and Physical Infrastructure.
He was at the time responding to a question posed by JSC member Wade Mark when he made the statement.
On Wednesday the JSC began a public enquiry with officials into the state of the agricultural and fisheries industries in Tobago.
Mr. Murray also revealed that there is a low amount of young people getting involved in the agriculture sector.
JSC Member Nigel De Freitas added that efforts must be made to get more youths involved in the agriculture sector.
Franklin Khan noted that challenges with sea transportation between Port of Spain and Scarborough has exposed food supply issues facing the sister isle.
Meanwhile, members of the fishing industry in the Tobago highlighted the struggles they encounter to stay competitive.
Junior Quashie, President of the All Tobago Fisherfolk Association said problems in sea transportation between the islands and the need for better arrangements when seismic surveys are being done by Energy Companies have contributed to a decline in profitability.