Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago officially declared e TecK’s Moruga Agro-Processing and Light Industrial Park “Open for Business” at a ceremony held on July 14, 2020. This is the country’s first Agro-Processing Park ideally situated in the heart of the farming community of the Moruga/Tableland area.
Prime Minister Rowley samples cane juice from a farmer
Mr. Imtiaz Ahamad, Chairman of e TecK expressed his pride regarding the company’s achievement and stated in his Welcome Address “e TecK has been supporting this country’s diversification efforts since the company’s inception in 2003 through the development, maintenance and lease management of our Industrial Parks. We facilitate a significant number of businesses and manufacturing activities in the non-oil and gas sector at our existing 19 light industrial parks. Now, as we commission this new park, we venture into new territory and a sector marked for diversification – the Agro-Processing sector. As e TecK works to fully operationalise this Park, it is our expectation it would assist in reducing the Food Import Bill, increase export potential and positively contribute to the GDP of Trinidad and Tobago.”
(L-R) Dr. the Hon. Lovell Francis, Member for Moruga/Tableland and Minister of State in the Min of Education; Senator the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry; Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of T&T; Senator the Hon. Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries; and Mr. Imtiaz Ahamad, Chairman, e TecK unveil the plaque.
Commenting on the financial viability of the park, Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry said that “Baseline data sourced from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) was used to zero-in on a list of commodities based on acreages that are now under cultivation. It was found that Cassava and other root crops, Fish, Pineapple and other fruits, Cocoa, Moruga Red and Scorpion hot peppers and Teak were determined to be most feasible. The results of the financial analysis of Park operations show that this Project is financially viable.”
This new park Park consists of eleven (11) developed land lots—five (5) lots for purpose-built factory shells available for leasing, while six (6) are developed sites for leasing. In addition to the Park having all the essential infrastructural facilities necessary for conducting business such as an established road network and all necessary utilities (telecommunications, electrical and water supply, drainage, sewerage and a waste treatment facility), the five factory shells are also outfitted with offices and washrooms, and cold storage spaces where needed.
The Trinidad Pineapple Farmers’ Association was there with their exhibit of pineapple products
In his Feature Address, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley singled out cocoa beans and pineapples as two products with significant potential for growth and the creation of a significant number of jobs. He said that “We have moved from talk and today we have moved the needle considerably from talking about agriculture to doing something about agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago because this park is a catalyst to attract the use of agricultural products and primary products that can be and will be produced in this part of the country.”
Other Speakers included Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, There were several exhibitors of agro-processed products and the Prime Minister visited every exhibitor’s table at the end of the ceremony.
Moving forward, e TecK will be working towards fully operationalizing the park and will collaborate closely with InvesTT Limited to market and tenant the Park. e TecK looks forward to forging positive partnerships with new tenants and building relationships with the surrounding communities.
For Tenant Application and Enquiries please contact Ms. Waynette Balcon at Tel. 224-1989 Ext.2195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org from our Sales Department at e TecK. Click here to apply.
InvesTT Limited is providing Business Facilitation Services, please click here for more on the Park.