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David Nakhid: PNM have ignored agriculture

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THE Opposition United National Congress (UNC) said yesterday a health crisis could develop among the country’s lower classes as the cost of nutritional foods continues to rise. The UNC also accused the Government of allowing the agriculture sector to come close to ruin and said pivotal issues of food security and economic diversification are not being tackled. Opposition Senator David Nakhid said the Government and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley must be taken to task over a failure to place Trinidad and Tobago in a better position to begin reducing its food import bill, which averages around US$1 billion annually. Nakhid noted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and territorial conflicts on world supply chains, including in agriculture, and said this country had been left vulnerable. He said there is also concern around local food prices, which appear to be on a steady course of increase as at the start of 2022. Food items that are considered “basic” and form staples of family meals are now getting too expensive for working and lower income class families, Nahkid said. He said food security not only meant having food on the table but included the nutritional quality of what was being consumed. Nakhid said some families were being forced to change their diets to foods that were not as nutritious or unhealthier, to keep living costs down.

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The Opposition’s David Nakhid also said the People’s National Movement (PNM) Government has routinely ignored agriculture and that sector is now suffering from crime, lack of incentives and support, bureaucracy in doing business, and declining infrastructure. Nakhid expressed little hope that the sector would see some revival under new minister Kazim Hosein, who was moved from Local Government and Rural Development in a surprise Cabinet reshuffle last month.

UNC: Health crisis looming  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers

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