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Former Trinidadian Farmers to Stage Protest for Payments

SAN JUAN Ė Hundreds of former Trinidadian cane farmers are expected to march later this week to demand payments owed to them for more than a decade and promised by Prime Minister Keith Rowley during the last election campaign, media reports said.

The former farmers will gather on Wednesday in Port-of-Spain and march to the government offices to ask whether the nearly $15 million owed them due to the closing of state-owned Caroni Ltd. would be paid as promised by Rowley, the Trinidad Express newspaper reported.

In July 2015, former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar made a first payment of $4.1 million to 3,481 farmers.

The second payment was expected this year; however, Persad-Bissessarís government lost the general elections last September.

Trinidadís sugar industry has been affected by rising sugar imports from Guyana and the fall of prices worldwide, leading to the closing of Caroni and the dismissal of more than 9,000 workers.

 

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