farmer Jarad Mohammed

‘make an offer’: In this screen grab from a Facebook video, farmer Jarad Mohammed shows one of his fruit-laden pawpaw trees at Tortuga, Gran Couva.

WHEN 20-year-old farmer Jarad Mohammed of Tortuga in Gran Couva decided to plant pawpaw trees he may not have imagined he would end up with 60,000 pounds of the fruit on his hands.

His trees thrived and are so laden they are falling over with the weight.

The problem is Mohammed does not have a market for all that pawpaw.

He is appealing to the public to help him get his pawpaw sold green.

He said due to the weather, he fears the pawpaw may not reach a fully ripe stage, adding that he is already starting to lose his crop.

Mohammed made an appeal in a video done by a group called Farmers Voice which is being widely circulated on social media.

“I planted down these pawpaw here and as you could see I have a lot of pawpaw to push. But with the weather now, I don’t feel the crop might last till all the pawpaw ripe out. As you could see, the trees are fully loaded and they are falling down. So, I want to pick out the pawpaw because I’m getting plenty losses. So, what happening, I looking for a sale for about 60,000 pounds of green pawpaw.”

Appealing for help, he said to Trinidad, “Make an offer and see what allyuh could pay. I just looking for somebody to make an offer. I just want a sale for this pawpaw. So, Trinidad allyuh fix up and see what allyuh could do.”

Farmers Voice, in a note accompanying the video, said to the National Agricultural Marketing Development Corporation (Namdevco): “Namdevco, the ball is in your court.”

Online response

By Wednesday afternoon, the video had almost 68,000 views with dozens of people congratulating the young man for working so hard to make an honest dollar.

“If he’s doing this at 20, imagine at 25. Wish I had that kinda vision and direction at 20,” one viewer commented.

Many gave numbers to call and others suggested where Mohammed could sell his pawpaw.

“Wholesale market, Port of Spain, Macoya,” one person wrote.

Others said he could search out places that preserve pawpaw.

There was even an offer from a UK company called Creative Cuisine: “We need them in the UK.”

The Express contacted Namdevco for a response and chief executive Nirmalla Debysingh-Persad said they were aware of the video circulating on Facebook.

“This is one of our farmers who has been in touch with us in an effort to get buyers for his produce. He agreed that once the crop was ready, he would advise us and we have arranged for this crop to be sold at our wholesale markets.”

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