Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rambharat: Market cartels terrorising farmers, vendors *

AGRICULTURE Minister Clarence Rambharat

MARKET cartels are dictating who is being allowed to sell at markets across the country and action is being taken to end this, says Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat.

Speaking at last Thursday's post-Cabinet media briefing in Port of Spain, Rambharat said market cartels were inflicting terror on the lives of farmers and vendors.

He said: “One of the issues with market cartels is it is a type of cartel you don't hear too much about but basically what it is, is when you have market competition for space and you are not providing sufficient space for your vendors what you have, is you have people who block space and control space. Some by arriving early and blocking more than they should get and some by inflicting terror and inflicting threats on some of the vendors so that they do not use, or give up their spaces. In all of the markets we find that. (In Debe) we are increasing the space that we have available in Debe in the wholesale market. That wholesale market is extremely popular. There is need for a major infrastructural upgrade in Debe as there is for Macoya.”


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