Agriculture, Marine Resources, Marketing and the Environment Secretary, Hilton Sandy is urging vendors including those coming from Trinidad to obtain vendor’s and health badges in order to sell their produce in Tobago.
He warned that the Environment Police and Health Inspectors will shortly swing into action to ensure that the vendors have their badges. He said failing to do this they will be prosecuted under the law. The vendor’s badge can be obtained at the Division’s offices on Glen Road, Scarborough.
Sandy said the vendors were putting their customers at risk by not having their badges and also warned that persons purchasing produce in bulk must obtain a receipt from the farmer as evidence of purchase. He said the receipt must also carry the farmer’s registration number.
The Agriculture Secretary also had good news for Tobago farmers. He disclosed at the weekly post Executive Council media briefing on Wednesday that the Executive Council had approved the agriculture subsidy programme of the Ministry of Agriculture to be implemented in Tobago.
Sandy said the design for the new multi-million Scarborough Market to be built at Orange Hill Road, Shaw Park had been approved and soon tenders will be invited for the construction of a retaining wall to facilitate the building and car park at the site. He said once this was done tenders will be invited for construction of the building.
He said it was a sad day for Tobago last Thursday when the Minority Side abstained from voting on a Motion requesting the Central Government to take steps to ensure the security of the island’s fisherfolk. He said he did not know whether it was because of their new political association they did not support the Motion.
Sandy explained that having failed to get action from the National Security Minister, the Assembly took the matter to last Thursday’s plenary sitting of the House of Assembly so that the approved Motion can then be sent directly to the Prime Minister for action.