Episode 37- Aired Monday 26th March 2018
We go LIVE to the Marriott Hotel in west Port of Spain, to get an insight on a Regional Symposium on ‘Promoting best practices in natural resources management in the Caribbean”. With the energy Ministers of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Suriname attending, Victor Hart, of event organisers, The Trinidad & Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Institute, says its important to increase and improve revenue collection, and properly allocate it to areas that benefit economies.
The agriculture sector now accounts for just 0.3% of gross domestic product and employs about 4% of the labour force, down from 6 and 10%, respectively, 3 decades earlier. With the country’s annual food import bill at around 5 billion dollars, President of the Trinidad+Tobago Agricultural Society, Dhano Sookoo, call for a proper policy framework, a focus on broad development, and the long-awaited resolution of land tenure-and-management issues. She gets support from 2 of the new-generation of “agri-preneurs”, Keron Bascombe, editor of Tech4Agri and Brent Eversley, engaged since 2013, in “vertical techniques” on his Green Farm Nation, which aims to ‘produce more, with less land and labour.