The budgetary allocation of $708 million for agriculture is disrespectful according to National Solidarity Assembly Political Leader, Nirvan Maharaj.
In fact, he calls it “a slap in the face of true efforts to diversify the economy using agriculture as the foundation.”
Mr Maharaj, who’s also President General of the All Trinidad General Workers Trade Union, says the allocation must be adjusted as he claims there are several unsettled issues regarding ex- Caroni workers.
Among them, he alleges that land and leases are still owed to almost 4000 former employees and EMBD contractors are yet to be paid to facilitate the continuing development of these sites.
Mr Maharaj believes the lands legally owed to them can become the mainstay of a vibrant agricultural sector.