CAL expansion feeds farmer network
31 / 05 / 2012
Caribbean Airlines (CAL), operated by the government of Trinidad and Tobago, is assisting the export trade of Guyana’s farmers by introducing routes to new markets.
“We are thinking about doing a new venture into Guyana. We want to increase volumes of what we are moving out of Guyana into Port of Spain, Barbados, Antigua, Kingston, Canada and New York,” Ken Joseph, CAL’s cargo sales executive, says.
A new drive to boost agricultural produce has meant that farmers faced logistical problems of getting their produce to markets. Smooth trade has been hampered still with farmers facing delays during flight time, limited space and high prices.
Slow inspection of goods has been another complaint. This year the government is moving forward with plans to build a processing facility at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with more security officials to speed up the inspection of produce.
In another boost CAL announced it was prepared to offer a 15 per cent discount on fees to farmers for the next 12 months, after initially intending for a 90-day period.