One of the government ministers who attended last week’s oil-focused MOU between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago was Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder.
C2 HLN asked the minister what he thought of the negotiations surrounding the MOU. Holder said that there was nothing that was discussed that was specific to any one area.
The Minister said that there were a host of other matters that were discussed, which included energy, culture, sport, etc. However, the discussions are just the start.
The Caribbean week of agriculture is to be held next month in Barbados and the minister said that there is where the real discussions will take place.
Pressed on what exactly the minister raised in reference to his agricultural ministry, Holder said that they discussed matters of collaboration and what he termed, little, thorny issues, like honey getting into Trinidad.
When PM Keith Rowley was asked about Trinidad’s ban of Guyana’s honey going into Trinidad, Rowley said that his government will be discussing the matter.
Minister Holder said they also spoke of Guyana’s problem with its agricultural produce passing through T&T.
Overall, the minister said that the negotiations leading up to the MOU went well. Holder said he is satisfied with what PM Rowley said on the issues.