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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  1/21/2011 
The Ministry of Health, through the following departments is responsible for ongoing monitoring and inspection as it pertains to food safety:

*The Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division – which is responsible for: ensuring safe quality of an equitable standard for use by consumers of food, drugs, cosmetics and medical services; and providing technological and laboratory services in the areas of food, drug, cosmetics, medical devices, pesticides and toxic chemicals.

*The Trinidad Public Health Laboratory – which is responsible for the testing of food specimens from food establishments, with the aim of protecting the health of the public and improving the prevention, control and treatment of communicable diseases

*The Public Health Inspectorate – which monitors the regulation of public and environmental health standards, including food safety, incorporating activities such as food inspections at Ports and inspections of establishments that prepare or sell food

*The Veterinary Public Health Department – which monitors and inspects foods from animals to assist in the prevention and control of diseases from animals

*National Surveillance Unit – which has responsibility for investigating outbreaks of food poisoning, etc.

In addition the Ministry of Health collaborates with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) in the development of guidelines for labelling and packaging of foodstuff.
Paragraphs: 23 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  1/21/2011 
Promoting competitive rural enterprises:

*Land Distribution Programme – The Land Distribution Programme is an initiative aimed at increasing domestic agricultural production by making land accessible to those who lack land for cultivation. It has instituted new governance arrangements to facilitate the timely assessment of applications for state lands and for the distribution of agricultural leases.

Integrating chains and strengthening their competitiveness:

*Agricultural Access Roads – this is an on-going programme of road improvements for the agricultural sector in support of the increased investment in the sector. This serves to contribute to the development of agricultural farms in rural communities across Trinidad.

Promoting an environment conducive to competitive agriculture:

*Contract farming – Aimed at improving the efficiency of farmers through coordination of production and use of resources. The Trinidad and Tobago Agri-business Association has provided contracts to farmers who are members of farmers’ organizations, groups and associations for the supply of fresh produce at guaranteed prices. Approximately 462 acres of cultivated farm land have been contracted.

Being environmentally responsible in the rural areas:

*Sustainable fisheries management efforts have been pursued through stock assessment, research, surveillance and enforcement of the laws. With respect to forestry, the Community based Forestry and Agro-Forestry Reforestation Programmes have the dual benefits of protecting the environment as well as providing rural communities with employment opportunities. As at June 2009, approximately 57,000 tree seedlings were produced and 23,000 seedlings transplanted.

(For more information, please refer to pages 28-37 of Trinidad and Tobago's National Report)
Paragraphs: 25 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Related Resources
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- NATIONAL REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATES OUTLINED IN THE DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT OF PORT OF SPAIN