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The Agricultural Access Roads Programme (AARP) was officially started in 1993 via a loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Out of an estimated network of 613 (747km) roads and with deplorable agricultural access roads being one of the major constraints to farm production, the AARP was initiated under the Ministry of Food Production.

The main objective of the AARP is to provide reasonable access to all farming areas in Trinidad by rehabilitating and maintaining full agricultural access roads networks. To this end, the more specific objectives can be listed as:
 

 

  • To construct new roads or to rehabilitate old roads in agricultural areas
  • To improve existing agricultural roads and safeguard works against impending deterioration
  • To routinely maintain (1–2 times yearly) roads that have been rehabilitated by the division and regional units
  • Under the Ministry of Food Production, in addition to the periodic and routine maintenance works, the programme was expanded to include rehabilitation works. The range of activities conducted under rehabilitation works include:

     

  • Clearing and grubbing of the road surface
  • Reconstruction of base and sub-base gravel layer
  • Construction of concrete lined drains where necessary
  • Construction of cylinder culverts, box culverts, bridges and  retaining walls
  • Sealing of roads with oil-sand, asphalt, concrete etc. in areas characterized by  steep slopes
  • Reconstruction of base and sub-base gravel layer
  • Construction of concrete lined drains where necessary
  • Construction of cylinder culverts, box culverts, bridges and  retaining walls, and
  • Sealing of roads with oil-sand, asphalt, concrete etc. in areas characterized by  steep slopes
  • In essence, the AARP is geared towards removing the constraint of access to agricultural lands, thereby facilitating:
     

  • Increased access for farmers to reach agricultural lands
  • More lands available for cultivation
  • More openings for jobs in farming
  • Farm inputs being delivered directly to farms by suppliers, and
  • Produce reaching easier to markets in a faster time, with fewer losses due to damage and spoilage.
  • The AARP is a significant contributor to having increased production in agriculture, and towards achieving the national priority food security.

    To achieve the previously stated objectives, the target of the AARP set to 2015 is to Rehabilitate/Maintain the existing network of 800km of Agricultural Access Roads in Food Basket Areas of Trinidad as follows:
     

                Conduct Rehabilitation works on roads                     -           200 km

                Conduct Periodic Maintenance on roads                   -           600 km

                Conduct Routine Maintenance on roads (twice/yr)    -          800 km

     

     

     

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