The budget statement 2020 played politics with the agricultural sector once again with no real incentives or initiatives being offered to drive the sector.

The total allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries was $708 million. If this figure is carefully analysed it would be soon discovered that the majority of this allocation, if not all, is earmarked for recurrent expenditure (salaries, existing projects, etc.) by the ministry and not for new or developmental projects.

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