United Workers Party (UWP) leader Edison James has hit out at Agriculture Minister Matthew Walter, charging that the minister “does not understand the essentials of proper planning for production and marketing of agricultural crops”.
The UWP leader has taken issue with the minister’s “boastful statement” that there is an over production of certain root crops and plantains at this time.
“There is over production where a crop is produced which the farmer is unable to sell or to market,” James said in a statement pointing out that a major role of the Ministry, under the direction and control of Mr. Walter, is to ensure that production volumes are linked with markets.
“This empty boast by Mr. Walter is a public confession that he, his Ministry and his Government, have seriously failed the farmers, the important agricultural sector and the people of this country on a whole,” UWP leader James said in his statement.
He added that his United Workers Party has constantly stressed its commitment to adopt a policy in which farmers will be assisted to produce their crops under contractual arrangements which include ensuring a secure market and the direct purchase of the crops when necessary.