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For the month of September 2021, www.carribeanjobs.com had 43,596 persons visiting their website.

The cost of shipping is going through the roof, globally. A shortage in consumer goods is a scary reality the world is trying to grapple with. Right here in Trinidad and Tobago, consumers are witnessing first-hand, empty shelves and the increase in food prices since the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so much adversity facing the world today, the Member of Parliament for Mayaro, Mr. Rushton Paray, facilitated a meeting requested by NOVO, to meet with the farmers from the Mayaro/Rio Claro area.

NOVO’s Objective: to begin opening doors of opportunities for farmers, consumers and local communities.

5 questions with Mr. Chevon Wilson, CEO – Novo International

1. Question: WHAT DOES NOVO HOPE TO GET FROM MEETING WITH FARMERS?

Answer: NOVO wants to start opening doors and creating relationships that provides value to both the farmers and NOVO and ultimately the customer.

2. Question: HOW WILL NOVO’S OPERATIONS IMPACT THE FARMERS, CONSUMERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES?

Answer: NOVO will be implementing business models that would create employment, not just from buying directly from the farmers, but in terms of building the downstream industry that supports employment within the various communities.

3. Question: WHAT TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES ARE BEING CONSIDERED?

Answer: The creation of LIFE centers (LIFE being the commercial brand under NOVO International) is an avenue being explored to employ persons who will manage the initial processing of produce, for example the washing and peeling of produce items. Of course, we will also require drivers to transport the produce to NOVO’s warehouse for processing.

4. Question: CAN WE EXPECT THIS CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NOVO AND FARMERS TO BENEFIT CUSTOMERS?

Answer: In the end NOVO working closely with farmers will redound to the benefit of customers. Customers are provided with the best quality produce and the most

affordable prices. This not only benefits customers but farmers and the general wide community.

5. Question: WILL NOVO HAVE A ROADSHOW ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TO ENGAGE OTHER FARMERS?

Answer: The meeting with farmers is a model that NOVO wants to build in various communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Mayaro is just the first, but we intend to speak to different groups in Moruga, Tableland, Tabaquite, La Horquetta, Western region and even in Tobago. We want to form partnerships with multiple groups of farmers nationwide.

Are you a Farmer and interested in contacting NOVO? Contact (868) 636-4545, Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm.

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