Outrage today among former private cane farmers who, in 2015, under the tenure of the People’s Partnership Government, signed an agreement with government for just over $127 million dollars in compensation for losses when the sugar industry was shut down by the then PNM government. The Farmers, just 3000 of them, are unwilling to accept the current government’s $57.8 million dollar offer that, according to the Ministry of Planning represents a final payment and closure of the matter.
A press conference is carded for this afternoon at 2:30pm, by attorney representing the Cane Farmers, Mr. Gerald Ramdeen.
Speaking with news Power Now this morning, member of the Joint Cane Farmers Organisation, Mr. Israel Mohammed said there is no way cane farmers will accept what has been placed on the table.
Mr. Mohammed explained that the agreement signed in 2015 was void of any conditions.
He lamented that Trinidad and Tobago’s lack of economic diversification, stands to cost the country and its people, in the years ahead.