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Chaguanas wholesale market opens soon

Monday, October 16, 2017
Jude Lee Sam, of the Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Co-operative, left, explains his display of cocoa and dark chocolates to, from right, Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan, UN FAO representative Terri Raney, Dr Simone Titus and Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat.

There are plans to bring the abandoned Namdevco wholesale market at Woodford Lodge, Chaguanas, into operation, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Senator Clarence Rambharat announced over the weekend.

In his address at World Food Day celebrations at the ministry’s head office at Narsalayoo Ramaya Marg in Chaguanas, the minister responded to an appeal by Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan for the market to be opened to allow farmers access to a wholesale facility. Boodhan said the Woodford Lodge facility would assist in easing congestion on the Chaguanas Main Road and allow wholesalers to interact with people interested in purchasing in bulk. He said that area of Chaguanas has ample parking and easier access because of the road network.

Rambharat said the ministry will be expanding several wholesale markets. In January, 60,000 square feet of space will be added at the Debe Market to reduce congestion at that facility and the Norris Deonarine Wholesale Market at Macoya will be expanded. He added that the ministry’s head office will continue to operate a farmer’s market on weekends.

“I would ask Namdevco to talk to the borough to see how the commissioning of that facility at Woodford Lodge would help with Main Road, Chaguanas,” he said.

Rambharat said decisions will soon be made about wholesale facilities constructed during the People’s Partnership administration at Brechin Castle, Couva and at Brickfield, Rio Claro.