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Apr 21, 2020

G.O.B. Should Purchase Excess Produce from Local Farmers

Another of the proposals put forward to the Barrow administration by the Leader of the Opposition, who also co-chairs the National Oversight Committee, is for government to purchase bulk quantities of produce that can in turn be used as items in the respective relief programmes.  Briceño suggests that instead of dispensing money, government can also provide meats, as well as other local produce in lieu of cash.  By purchasing excess produce from the farmers, the infusion of capital would allow for investments in other crops.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“The government can buy about ten million dollars worth of the excess meats, the excess grains and beans and rice and everything and store it and we could be able to feed about a hundred thousand people for the next three months.  Now, we could store it and then if we still insist on giving it through the stores around the country, then instead of giving them cash, we can pay them with chicken, we could pay them with beef, we could pay them with pork, we could pay them with rice and sugar, etc…  And by doing that, our farmers will be able to get the ten million [dollars] not in one day, but at least maybe over the next month or two and whilst they get that, they can start to prepare the land because pretty soon they will have to plant again, they can continue to feed their cattle or they would not lose the cattle because of the drought.  There is no pasture, pastures are being burnt down, so our cattle are going to be losing a lot of weight.  That’s the second thing that we can do.”

 

We will hear more from Briceño later in the newscast.


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