Crop scientist makes suggestions for agriculture ahead of budget

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    More production of local food and a change in eating habits – these are two areas a crop scientist believes T&T should focus on.

    Ahead of the 2023 budget, 103.1FM News spoke with UTT Associate Professor, Dr Puran Bridgemohan.

    He explained that T&T will continue to depend on imported food unless more local foods are grown in a manner that allows them to compete with imports.

    To achieve this, Dr Bridgemohan suggests a cap on some imports, as well as incentives for the production of substitute foods.

    With increased production, there may be a need for more human resource in the agriculture sector.

    Dr Bridgemohan says there has been interest from young people, but in more high-tech areas and not the traditional labour-intensive fields.

    The interest in agriculture is also reflected in the high enrolment numbers at UTT’s ECIAF Campus.

    One more area the Professor believes needs focus, is determining the social drivers behind praedial larceny, which has long plagued local agriculture.

     

    Dr Bridgemohan also weighed in on CARICOM’s 25 by 25 Vision, which seeks to reduce the region’s food import bill by 25% by 2025.

    While he believes it will be beneficial to T&T, he suggests that another organization, instead of CARICOM, be given the mandate to carry out the plan.