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The Ministry of Food Production says the current
single-digit food price inflation rate is the result of its
policies for increasing T&T's food production and security.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said the rate is
currently at "an all-time low" and cited recent data from
the Central Bank which showed that the food price
inflation rate was at 3.5 per cent last month, a decline of
0.3 per cent from 3.8 per cent of the previous month.
"This outstanding achievement comes on the heels of the
food price inflation rate maintaining a reading of 4.1 per
cent throughout the months of January to April, 2014,
signifying for the first time in 21 years that the food price
inflation rate remained at single digits for the first half on
one year." the ministry said. "Notably, this also means
that for the first time in 40 years we have experienced
five consecutive quarters of growth in the sector from
the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
Additionally, there has been a 77 per cent increase in
the contribution of agriculture to GDP from 2009 to 2013,
and a 2 per cent reduction in food imports from 2010 to
2013. In 2010, food inflation was 29 per cent with
negative growth in the sector.
T&T food inflation at all-time low
Works Minister Surujrattan
Rambachan wants to ensure that
his ministry is run in an efficient,
business like manner.
"It is not only about what is
happening within the walls of the
ministry, but road works, land-
slips, road closures and alternative
routes. One of the goals of the
ministry is to reduce the stress of
the public and the stress of the
consumer by how we do business.
"I see the Ministry of Works as
a business. We must be customer
focused and customer centric," he
said yesterday at the launch of
Works and Infrastructure Infor-
mation Zone Electronic-portal
(WIZE), a Ministry of Works
mobile app, at the Conference
Centre, Movie Towne, Invaders
The app provides a mobile
avenue of two way communica-
tion between the Ministry of
Works and the public.
It can be downloaded at Goggle
apps Store but is currently only
available for Android-based
Some of the features include:
Notices-A list of topics of
interest and advice, where nec-
essary, of action to be taken.
Photo Galleries-Photo albums
which will keep the public up-
to-date on the progress and activ-
ities of the ministry.
Traffic Cams-Clicking on a
list item will display a live video
stream of the traffic at various
Map-An interactive map dis-
plays the location of several types
of works taking place across the
Rambachan said often there
had been lack of information and
an inability to give feedback to
"While I was at the Ministry
of Local Government I was trying
to purchase a facility like this and
they went out for tenders and the
cost of buying an app like this
from a company in India was over
$1 million. This is one of the most
significant things I have encoun-
tered over the last four years at
three ministries," he said.
The minister said in the current
fiscal year under the PURE pro-
gramme there are 740 projects in
progress, which means 740 loca-
tions throughout the country.
"Under the URP programme
there are 753 projects. Under the
Highways Division, 285 projects
have been completed. This means
for this fiscal year, there are 1,965
projects being done in the country.
Can you imagine what it is to
drive to every one of these loca-
tions? Now we can take this app
and pass it on to all the district
offices and train them on how
to give you feedback," he said.
Rambachan said the app cuts
away excess time and cost and
reduces the "unnecessary animos-
ity" between the ministry and
"In a country where the public
has a high value of the right to
know, they just do not want to
know that a road is being built,
they want to know the cost of
thee road. They want to know if
the public is getting value for
money," the minister said.
Works Ministry goes public with new app
Keith Nurse, programmer analyst at the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, gives an overview of the ministry's
mobile app WIZE during yesterday's launch at MovieTowne, Invaders Bay. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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