(Trinidad Guardian) President of the Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Demi John Cruickshank yesterday warned that the people of Tobago are reaching breaking point with the “crisis situation” caused by problems with shipment of supplies to the island.
“Tobago is dying slowly and we need a resolution to this cargo problem,” he said.
“We have goods and supplies to last one more week in Tobago.”
Cruickshank said if shelves and warehouses cannot be restocked “people will be forced to raise prices on the small amount of goods that they have and start cutting staff.”
He told the T&T Guardian: “Half of the shelves in some of the supermarkets are empty. Some supermarket owners say all the stocks which they had have been depleted. They now running out of stock.”
President of the Inter-Island Trailers and Truckers’ Association Horace Amede said cheese, eggs are in short supply and last week some supermarket had no flour and other basic food items.
Amede said while Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan are telling Tobagonians to hold strain, “you cannot tell a hungry child to wait, or tell your bankers to give us three months.”