The trinidad Guardian / Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat says he has mandated two state-owned enterprises, Namdevco and the ADB, that fall under his ministry, to review their operations with a view to increasing their efficiency.
Rambharat was asked to give an update on the closure of non-performing state enterprises under the Ministry of Agriculture in an interview after last week’s ceremony to launch the National Aid for Trade strategy which was held at National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain.
He said that the National Marketing and Development Corporation (Namdevco) is looking at ways it can make its operations more efficient. Declaring that he is not satisfied with Namdevco’s performance, he said staffing is one area that would be looked at.
“I have also asked Namdevco to do an exercise with the staffing and structure to determine whether it meets the current requirements of the country.”
Rambharat’s remarks comes after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s, mid-March announcement at the weekly post-Cabinet news conference that State enterprises that were not performing would be closed. His remarks also come after it was declared at a meeting of the Joint Select Committee that State Enterprises collectively owed $44 billion.
“Namdevco is under very close review. We now have an exercise going on to review aspects of Namdevco, one is the data collection of Namdevco. Under the law, Namdevco is responsible for collecting and disseminating of agricultural data. I am not satisfied with the quality of work performed by Namdevco,” he said.
Regarding the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Rambharat confirmed that he had given instructions to the bank to examine its operations, “to deal with some of the complaints we have gotten from farmers in terms of the inflexibility, the bureaucracy, the poor customer service in some cases.”
What is clear, he said, is that state enterprises under his Ministry’s watch cannot operate as it did previously.
“Everyone of those agencies have been closely examined by me, by the Government and I have said whether it is in the ministries or agencies of the Ministry, we are not going to progress in agriculture, in the management of state lands, in fisheries, by doing things the way we have done it for the last 30 or 40 years. Fundamental changes must take place in Agriculture,starting with the Ministry itself and I have set out the work that has been done to ensure that we do what we have to do.”
He also said Caroni Green Ltd has been closed and an announcement has already been made about the closure of Seafood Industry Development Company.
ADB, Namdevco under review
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