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the ex-sugar-factory compound, Brechin Castle, Couva; and to provide a status
update on the development of a Master Plan for this project. The project is aimed at
preserving and showcasing the history, heritage, culture and legacy of the sugar
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF TOURISM
Levels 8&9, Tower C International Waterfront Centre,
#1A Wrightson Road Port of Spain
A Moder n Sports Club with
A Heritage Village
A Sugar Botanical Garden
Restaurants & Shops
Brechin Castle, Couva
Sugar Heritage Village
& Museum Project
VENUE: Couva Chamber of Commerce, Camden
DATE: Wednesday 11th June, 2014
TIME: 5.00pm. -- 8.00pm
Your participation at this forum will be greatly appreciated.
The build-out of the project will be pursued through a strong business model premised
on public/private sector partnerships.
Elements of the project are to include the following:
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Between 2005 to 2009, T&T s imports of staples
averaged 236,700 tonnes at a value of almost $700
million annually. This represents 29 per cent of the
country s total food import bill.
"This level of vulnerability is highly unacceptable
as it leaves our nation highly susceptible to changes
in price of staples internationally, which skyrockets
our food inflation," Food Production Minister Devant
"Staples are very important to food and nutrition
security throughout the world. Our food consumption
patterns are based on dishes that encourage high
consumption of wheat and value added products
such as bread, roti and pastry," he said.
Maharaj said his ministry, through a Staples Com-
modity Team led by Nigel Grimes, is developing a
Strategic Industry Development Plan for the cassava
This plan will focus strategic promotion of cassava
to increase markets and demand for that staple given
its historically low consumption and the insignificant
trade in cassava related products in T&T.
The minister said an important activity in strategic
planning is determining the true cost of production
for various farm sizes so that recommendations can
be made to ensure more viable and profitable pro-
duction systems. He said that will be a key factor
in determining the success and sustainability of cas-
sava production for farmers and the whole indus-
"It is necessary to increase consumption of cassava
by producing it at competitive points in relation to
other substitute staples such as wheat, rice, and Irish
potato," Maharaj said.
He added that it is also important to determine,
based on raw material costs, how to encourage creation
of affordable value added products from cassava,
such as bread, pastries and roti, with blends of cassava
and wheat flour."
Maharaj said initiatives undertaken by his ministry
have already had a significant impact on the pro-
duction of staples. For cassava, yam and sweet potato
there have been increases of 15.2 per cent , 52.2 per
cent and 58.2 per cent respectively from 2012 to 2013.
Food Production Minister
Devant Maharaj, centre,
chats with Inter-American
Institute for Cooperation
Gregg Rawlins, second from
left. At left is Omaira Avila
Rostant, root crop co-
ordinator, cassava farmer
Chemraj Ramsaroop, right
and Nigel Grimes, head of
Food Production, during a
national consultation on
cassava cost of production at
the County Caroni Extension
Office, Chase Village,
Chaguanas. PHOTO: SHIRLEY
Strategic plan for
NEW YORK---An exploratory committee to pursue
the start of a micro-fund for the Caribbean will be
launched in the coming months, Invest Caribbean
Now (ICN) founder and chairman Felicia J Persaud
announced at the fourth ICN summit.
Persaud, delivering remarks to delegates gathered
at the June 4 summit, said the decision is the next
step in the growth of ICN.
"We re not simply here to have a grand talk each
year," Persaud said. "We are focused on socio-economic
investment and outside the box ideas that can foster
growth. It is why today I am pleased to announce the
formation later this year of an exploratory committee
to pursue the launch of the Invest Caribbean Now
micro-fund for the region."
Addressing an audience that included top delegates
from around the world and across the US, including
dignitaries from China and the Caribbean, Persaud
urged those gathered to join the effort "because at
the end of the day, in this technological era, this is
the key to advancing wealth in any region".
Sandals Resorts chairman and founder Gordon
Butch Stewart was on hand to receive his ICN 2014
Leadership Award, which he accepted on behalf f the
over 6,000 employees at Sandals.
First Citizens Jason Julien and Sana Ragbir received
the 2014 ICN Service Excellence Award in Banking
on behalf of the company.
The 2014 ICN summit was presented under the
theme, Advancing Wealth. (Carib PR Wire)
to be launched
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