Agriculture is an important sector to the government of Trinidad and Tobago as it provides employment opportunities to about 4% of the population. However, the contribution of the agriculture sector to the national GDP is only about 0.5%, which is why the government has introduced incentives to support agriculture by encouraging research and infrastructure.
Trinidad and Tobago imports 85% of its food provisions from other countries. The government is making efforts to reduce this import bill by devising a policy that benefits agriculture and boosts productivity. Even though the agriculture sector is not a major contributor to the country’s GDP, it is of prime importance as it has a higher share of employment, which is about 3.4%. The country’s government is taking relevant measures to achieve economic diversification. The agriculture sector’s performance is unpredictable due to some direct and indirect influencing factors, however, it is on its way to recovery.
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