Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 8th 2018 Contents Local businesses and agro-processors like
Genuine Paramin Seasoning can access sup-
port to get into markets abroad through
exporTT Ltd, T&T’s sole national export facili-
tation organisation. Its mandate is to generate
export growth and diversification in the goods
and services sectors; increase the international
competitiveness of exporters; develop new ex-
porters across the various sector; and expand
to new markets
One of exporTT’s key functions is to build
the export capacity of exporters and would-be
exporters, enabling them to meet international
standards and facilitating their access to foreign
markets. The agency provides a range of ex-
porter training programmes, food safety, inter-
national standards certification programmes,
as well as co-financing of export related costs.
Its pool of qualified consultants and service
providers give technical assistance to exporters
seeking to implement a food safety manage-
Its international market access process
starts with quality market research conducted
through its Export Market Research Centre.
Based on research findings, market survey
missions may be done to better understand the
market dynamics, meet with potential distrib-
utors, regulatory agencies, and determine the
best fit in the export market for T&T’s goods
Opportunities developed through the market
survey mission may lead to a contact mission
where exporTT customers whose products or
services have significant export potential are
invited to visit the export market for pre-ar-
ranged business to business meetings.
For further information contact: info@
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too much money’
“We buy about 700 to 800
pounds of various herbs from the
farmers in the area. We get first
preference. We are a regular mar-
ket for the farmers and they ap-
preciate that,” Romany said.
As the business grew, the
women got assistance from the
Caribbean Industrial Research In-
stitute (Cariri) and the Inter-Amer-
ican Institute for Co-operation in
Agriculture (IICA) to increase their
These days, once a week on
Wednesdays, the women—who
all live within walking distance of
the factory at Saut D’eau Road—
weigh, trim and wash the herbs,
freezing whatever is left over for
the following week. The next day
the herbs are grounded separately
and poured into large barrels,
then mixed together with potas-
sium sorbate as a preservative.
Painstakingly, the women man-
ually fill bottles with the season-
ings, which are then sold for $15 a
bottle or $190 a case.
When she is not churning out
the popular green mixture, Rom-
any is busy making sugar cakes
and brewing home-made wine,
just like some of the other mem-
bers of the group.
All avid churchgoers, the five at-
tend Sunday mass at the Paramin
RC Church every week.
“We always pray before we start
the day in the factory. We give the
Lord thanks and ask Him to bless
the business,” Romany said.
The factory produces only for
the local market and, at present,
there are no plans to export.
“Expanding outside Trinidad is
too much money,” Romany said.
Even as they enjoy the success
of their business, however, the
women admit they are concerned
about the future of the factory.
“The younger generation does
not seem to be interested in hard
work like planting garden. They
only want to dress up and go
out and look nice,” said Romany
whose three adult daughters do
not share her passion.
The other big challenge is find-
“We had some but they don’t
stay and it is even harder because
it is an all-woman business. The
workers we get always moving
on,” Romany said.
Where to get
help to export
Members of the Paramin Women’s Organisation: Martina Romany, from left, Pamela Lawrence, Jean Letren and
Veronica Romany. Missing is Gabriella Joseph.
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Workers on the production
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We always pray before
we start the day in
the factory. We give
the Lord thanks and
ask Him to bless the
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