Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 6th 2014 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Wearing bee-suits and holding lighted bee smok-
ers and placards, beekeepers will protest against
Government s plans to import honey outside Par-
Members of the Professional Beekeepers Associ-
ation (PBA), T&T Beekeepers Association (TTBA)
and Tobago Apiculture Society will start the protest
from 10 am in front of Nicholas Towers, Port-of-
Spain, before heading to Parliament to voice their
displeasure at the impending move.
The march will be led by Diego Martin beekeeper
Bede Rajaram, a stakeholder in the beekeepers co-
operative, and Ramesh Jadoo, an agricultural assistant
with the Food Production Ministry.
Importing honey is prohibited under the Beekeeping
Trade and Industry Minister Vasant Bharath, in a
T&T Guardian article last month, said the Government
was moving to change the act, while a laboratory to
test imported honey was being constructed in Couva.
Bharath said once that was done, on a phased basis,
honey will be allowed to come in from Grenada.
Bharath said the decision to import honey wasmade
because T&T s honey is far more expensive than
honey from other Caribbean islands.
Issues with imported honey
But Jadoo said while they welcome world trade,
T&T does not have systems in place to facilitate the
importation of honey, mainly a phytosanitary risk
analysis, which would confirm diseases or pests.
"We are doing this analysis right now to prepare
us for entry into the EU (European Union) market.
The country that is exporting would require to do
"Imported honey can have toxic substances, includ-
ing lead, antibiotics, pesticides and chloramphenicol,
which causes DNA damage and cancer. It can also
adversely affect our environment and food. It would
be devastating to the agriculture sector."
He said T&T must be able to develop its own
"What has been happening recently, we have been
quoting USDA and Caricom standards. We should
have a standard of our own, because we have a high
According to the EU Standards, T&T honey can
be classified as organic, which is highly sought after
on the international market and fetches premium
Jadoo pleaded with the Government to let good
President of the PBA Chunilal Roopnarine wondered
whether the Government wanted to import honey
to lower its prices for consumers or to serve the
interest of a selected few, since honey was a lucrative
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Agitated over Govt plans to import honey...
Jadoo said while the Government was gearing
up to import honey, the sector was negatively
affected by a number of factors,including:
•lack of manpower to source field information
•provision of apiary sites on forest reserve
•lack of training for beekeepers
•inadequate beekeeping officers
•failure to provide licences to beekeepers
occupying forest reserve lands
•need to review and develop industry standards
•failure to monitor illegal entry of honey.
Beekeeper Norma Seenath drains honey combs into
a basket at her production plant in Manzanilla.
Beekeepers will stage a demonstration outside
Parliament today, in protest of Government's
proposal to allow the importation of honey. PHOTO:
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The Inter Agency Task Force arrest-
ed a 33-year-old man from Duncan
Street on Wednesday night, after he
was found with an illegal gun and nine
rounds of 9mm ammunition.
The arrest took place around 8.45
pm as officers on mobile patrol near
Building 27 saw him running away.
Police chased and held him, then
searched and arrested him.
PC Alleyne laid the charge.
In a separate incident on Wednesday,
members of the Port-of-Spain Oper-
ational Unit under acting Sgt Bruno
carried out a stop-and-search exercise
in the North Eastern and Port-of-Spain
A 30-year-old San Juan man and
three Belmont residents, including a
girl, 15, and an 18-year-old woman,
were arrested and charged with pos-
session of marijuana.
Police also searched an abandoned
property at Upper St Francois Valley
Road, Belmont, and found a .38 pistol
and a package of marijuana weighing
189 grams, with an estimated street
value of $2,835.
No one was arrested in connection
with that incident.
Man held with illegal firearm
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