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Caroni CEO: Young people interested in agriculture
CEO of Caroni(1975) Ltd Deosaran Jagroo says young people are starting to take a serious interest in agriculture. He said so during a media tour of the Caroni Green Initiative programme at Orange Valley, Couva. Jagroo said Caroni advertised last week for farmers to participate in the progamme and by Monday the second phase of the programme had been oversubscribed. He said there was a “tremendous response” from young people and UWI graduates interested in careers in agriculture.
“We have more farmers than land at this time,” he said. Caroni leases the land from from sugar workers who were give two-acre plots and contracts farmers to produce specified crops for the market. The company provides consumables, prepares the land, provides planting material and security and markets the crops, while farmers provide labour.
Jagroo said 400 acres would be available by the end of the month and 300 acres were already in production and had already produced three tonnes of fresh vegetables. He said by the end of the year an additional 1,200 acres should be in production. Jagroo said pineapple farmers should start production on 200 acres of land in the La Gloria area.
He said the deal was a good one—makes a profit and the farmer could earn “a significant amount of profit,” all while keeping prices very affordable as consumables were purchased in large quantities. Young farmer Curtis Paria, 26, said he expected to make close to $600,000 in profit in one year producing cauliflower on five acres of land. He said major deterrents to planting were flood, land availability and praedial larceny. However, the Caroni Green Initiative made agriculture attractive.
He said the major obstacle to young people getting into agriculture was their negative attitude to hard work.
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