Yvonne Baboolal

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Farmer Darwin Bowen had paid the boatman $50 to take him to his village of Fancy at the foothills of La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent.

As they raced across the water last Sunday, he was filled with trepidation and hope.

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ON a flank of La Soufriere volcano, young couple Chantice and Darwin Bowens, both 32, planted peas, sweet potato, tannia, yam, dasheen, vegetables, banana, plantain, mango and other fruit trees.

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A farmer’s hut sat amidst neatly cultivated flat land under the Montserrat Hills in the Central Range.

On newly bulldozed former sugar cane State lands nearby in Milton, a rural village on the outskirts of Couva, stood a large, imposing sign announcing, “Site of Trinidad and Tobago’s First Parboil Rice Mill”.

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ECONOMIST and former deputy governor of the Central Bank Terrence Farrell is forecasting that the present down phase of the country’s energy sector is going to be terminal, and oil and gas prices will never get back to the highs of the 1980s.

“This down phase of the cycle is going to be much longer, and it is going to be in fact terminal as far as crude oil and natural gas are concerned. If we are looking in the near future for some kind of upswing in respect of oil and gas prices, we will see prices going up a bit, but we are unlikely, in my view, to see prices getting back anywhere near, in real terms, to where they were in 1982,” he said.

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THE Chaguanas Market reopens today after two days of closure and rigorous sanitisation of the premises due to the discovery of a Covid-19 case…

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Traumatised vendors who had left thousands of dollars in produce in their stalls overnight in the Chaguanas Market spent all of Saturday night outside the locked facility anxiously awaiting word on when they can retrieve their goods.

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