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A memorandum of understand-
ing (MOU) was yesterday signed
between four stakeholders and the
Ministry of Food Production.
The initiative will open up the
agriculture sector by delving into
the areas of biofuels, processing
and linkages, such as agriculture
This was expected to yield a $310
million investment over a three-
Making the announcement yes-
terday was Food Production Min-
ister Devant Maharaj during the
signing ceremony held at the Hilton
Trinidad and Conference Centre.
Describing the MOU as "an
important nexus between energy
and agriculture," Maharaj said it
reflected the outcome of negotia-
tions taking place over the past six
months between Caroni GREEN
and more than 500 interested peo-
ple including farmers and investors.
The stakeholders at yesterday s
signing were Emunite Energy Solu-
tions of the UK, Baron Foods Lim-
ited of St Lucia; Nateram Ramlagan,
a hardware owner of Couva and
Daran Soondarsingh, farmer and
businessman of Maraval.
Saying the signing signaled the
dawn of a new era for the agricul-
ture sector, Maharaj said an esti-
mated 940 permanent jobs was
also expected to be created.
"In order to achieve diversifica-
tion, the Ministry of Food Produc-
tion understands the importance
of "encouraging, developing and
sustaining linkages within the sector,
which include strategic partnerships
and alliances through public and
private sector arrangements,"
He said Emunite Energy Solu-
tions has expressed interest in grow-
ing 3,500 acres of giant king grass
for the production of green fuel.
Baron Foods Ltd, one of the
largest food processors in the
Caribbean, are well known for a
wide range of processed products
including banana ketchup, icing
sugar, concentrate juices and salad
"Baron Foods has expressed
interest in setting up one of the
largest and most modern food pro-
cessing facility in Trinidad at a cost
of approximately $100 million over
a three-year period," Maharaj said.
"They have also expressed com-
mitment to investing in the culti-
vation of 100 acres of crops for the
purpose of processing. The invest-
ment by the company is expected
to create over two hundred perma-
Soodarsingh, who exports green
vegetables, expressed his intention
to export 200,000 bundles of
dasheen bush weekly to New York.
The estimated value of that was
$320,000 per week, Maharaj said.
"This investment is estimated to
be $10 million and would create
approximately 40 permanent jobs
and will generate revenue of approx-
imately $16 million per annum," he
Ramlagan s Hardware, Maharaj
said, has indicated its interest in
servicing the agricultural sector
with chemical fertilisers, equipment,
machinery and other agricultural
supplies and was committed to
investing $100 million in the estab-
lishment of this commercial enter-
This enterprise, Maharaj added,
was expected to generate approx-
imately 200 permanent jobs.
The police complainant in the
money laundering case against
travel agent Vicky Boodram has
Corporal Brian Joseph, 35, suffered
a massive heart attack and died on
This was revealed when Boodram
reappeared in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court yesterday to
answer 109 fraud charges.
The court also presided over an
application by Robin Jattan to with-
draw as Boodram s bailor.
This means that the DPP will have
to find a substitute complainant in
two money laundering charges
State attorney Sarah de Silva who
is prosecuting in the money laun-
dering charges told McKenzie of
Joseph s passing after the magistrate
inquired about his whereabouts. She
said Joseph s funeral was on Thurs-
McKenzie told her she would have
to produce his death certificate.
However, the prosecutor said the
state will be proceeding via paper
She could not say how many
statements were to be sworn and
filed because she did not have the
De Silva could not say if a state
attorney had been appointed to pros-
ecute in the 109 fraud matters in
which Boodram s ex-husband, Ravi
Arjoonsingh, is jointly charged.
He was also in court, but his attor-
ney Jagdeo Singh was not there.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan
said the police complainant in that
matter submitted the file to the DPP
office two months ago.
The magistrate asked de Silva to
find out the status of the file and if
a state attorney was appointed.
"You all need to do something
quickly," the magistrate said.
Meanwhile, the bailor s attorney,
Subhas Panday claimed Boodram s
lawyer Vitti Furlonge-Kelly evaded
him yesterday when he tried to serve
him disclosure in that matter.
"I indicated to him that I had dis-
closure and he said hold it he coming
back just now, but he never
returned," he said.
He disclosed to Boodram two
reports from First Citizens dated
November 14 and two reports from
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Centre
dated October 15.
The magistrate advised Boodram
to read the documents and give them
to her attorney. She adjourned all
the matters to January 28, but set
the application matter for trial.
in Boodram case dies
Chief executive officer of Caroni GREEN Deosaran Jagroo, second from left, and president of Emunite Energy
Solutions, Claudia Emmanuel, shake hands after yesterday's signing of the agreement. Also in the photo are
Minister of Food Production Devant Maharaj, left, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Rudy Indarsingh and
farmer Daran Soondarsingh, in background. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Govt to expand
...Ministry, four stakeholders sign MOU
The Caroni GREEN (Growers
Responsible for Evolving and
Enriching the Environment)
initiative, is a project geared
towards increasing the supply of
safe, healthy, fresh, locally-
The initiative, which was
officially launched on June 5, 2013,
brought 5,800 acres of former
Caroni lands comprising mainly the
two-acre agricultural plots leased
to former workers as part of their
2003 enhanced Voluntary
Separation of Employment
Programme (VSEP) entitlement,
under sustainable and profitable
cultivation on a phased basis.
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