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Devant: Smugglers bringing in goats, pigs from Venezuela

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj, left, tries his hand at painting the face of little Nika Prentice, while chairman of Nipdec Hamlyn Jailal looks on at the UNC’s Tunapuna constituency treat yesterday. Photo: Shastri Boodan

Food Production Minister Senator Devant Maharaj has requested the intervention of National Security Minister Gary Griffith to look into the smuggling of goats and pigs from Venezuela. Maharaj said he was informed that live animals were being smuggled into Trinidad’s southern peninsula. He said this could prove detrimental to local livestock breeds if these animals carried pests and diseases. 

 

 

The minister said there was demand for meat from hogs and ruminants and noted that the Government was increasing opportunities for small farmers. Maharaj said so yesterday at the UNC’s Tunapuna constituency treat which took place at the El Dorado Hindu School. He said his ministry and the Ministry of National Security would maintain a high level of vigilance on this issue.

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