I watched these videos days ago. I don't remember anything about government grants. If I missed it, I doubt that the fact was premised as "required" as you describe the transaction to be.
I do seem to remember that it was claimed that the price to market of the locally harvested produce was competitive with the much less fresh produce shipped to the island from around the world.
As a citizen from a nation that blatently and consistently misuses and wastes billions of dollars of public monies on a myriad of criminal and unconstitutional misadventures, I might appreciate that (in the scenario as you berate it) some of that loot, for a change, was passed towards a good idea that became ultimately beneficial for the people.
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