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Farmers and Fisherfolk advised to take precautions as inclement weather approaches


The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and marine Resources is today advising farmers and fisherfolk to take precautions, in light of what it says is the possibility of flooding from the approach of storms.

In a statement issued earlier today, the ministry says following an announcement from the Meteorological Office, a tropical storm had formed east of the Southern Windward Islands, around 5pm Monday.

It said in light of this Grenada and its dependencies had been placed under tropical storm watch, and that it tropical storm Don was being monitored.

And while ministry stressed that Trinidad and Tobago was not under any such warning or watch, this country could face showers occurring in varying localities, as well as thundershowers in a few areas.

The statement adds also, that  there remains the possibility of intense weather later this afternoon, and this could lead to rough seas, flash flooding and landslides in vulnerable areas.

It says further that by tonight, gusty winds in excess of 60 miles an hour could affect Tobago. The statement quotes Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharath as saying that by now farmers and fisherfolk know they have to take these warnings seriously.

But in a quick response to this warning, President of the Agriculture Society of Trinidad and Tobago Dhano Sookoo is criticizing the advisory, saying that the Ministry should instead have put in place measures to prevent the flooding.