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July 3, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
The Telecommunications Authority
of Trinidad and Tobago (the
Authority) wishes to advise the
public that Mobile number
portability will not be available on
July 1, 2016 as previously published.
Mobile service providers have not
completed their inter-operator and
other testing in keeping with their
revised implementation date notified
to the Authority of July 1st 2016.
The public is reminded that Number
Portability is the ability to change
your service provider without
changing your phone number. This
choice is already available to
consumers both regionally and
We have been advised by the two
mobile operators that number
portability testing is expected to
continue well into July with potential
completion in early August. Once
testing is completed successfully a
"go live" date can be established.
We will continue to communicate
with consumers as implementation
The Authority wishes to stress that
number portability remains high on
its agenda for implementation in
"One farmer told me a ministry official
NFM did not give them a list of the amount
of their produce and that s why they can t
proceed with the cheques."
She said when she messaged the ministry s
Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Singh about
the pressure the farmers were getting from
their suppliers, he said he had spoken to the
ministry s Permanent Secretary Joy Persad-
Ramroop asked rhetorically if the Gov-
ernment wanted rice farmers in agriculture
but were not paying them, how can they
sustain the industry without funding? She
said she owed over $15,000 in fertilizer and
chemicals, and thankfully, she was still being
extended credit for this.
However, her bank instalment was due
next month and she was unsure where she
would get the money.
Ramroop said she can t keep borrowing
additional money, that farmers desperately
needed their payments to service their loans,
pay their employees, and she herself had to
pay off every three months for her tractor.
A new tractor costs $310,000 and if they
had to pay additional interest, the farmers
would sink deeper into debt.
Threats to dump tractors, harvesters
at ministry's new Chaguanas location
Sarika Ramroop says she can't keep
borrowing additional money, that farmers
desperately needed their payments to
service their loans, pay their employees,
and she herself had to pay off every three
months for her tractor.
Plum Mitan rice
Akaloo: More than
50 farmers owed
Caroni rice farmer and vice president of the
Trinidad Island-wide Rice Growers Association
(Tirga) Theresa Akaloo said more than 50 farmers
from Felicity, Cunupia and Biche were awaiting
payment for their rice.
She said she didn't know what the Government
was doing that they couldn't put systems in place
for farmers to get their monies in a reasonable
amount of time.
Akaloo said the farmers really needed their
money because they were going into their second
crop to be harvested in October, and they hadn't
been paid for their previous crop.
She said while the farmers were grateful for
getting paid for their 2015 crop, they only got paid
two months ago and that wasn't good enough or
Akaloo said she still had to pay off for a tractor
and rotavator while other farmers have loans for
harvesters, vehicles and other equipment.
She said the Government encouraged the
farmers to invest and grow more food, the country
was in a recession and with foreign exchange in
short supply, the emphasis should be on providing
incentives to local farmers.
Akaloo said to compound her challenges, the
rainy season turned the access roads for her to
transport her produce out of her fields into a
Rambharat: Agriculture Ministry working
with NFM to deal with money issue
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat told
the Sunday Guardian on Tuesday that the
ministry had cleared up the farmers' 2015
backlog and were working with NFM to deal
with the money due for 2016.
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