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Jamaica's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. C. Tufton, Encourages Agricultural Competitiveness


Date: 05/11/2010


The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that the country's agricultural sector must become more globally competitive, to be sustainable. "We have to help our farmers to be creative, to be innovative, to do the best practices, but to focus on quality output of the limited quantities that they can determine; and we are going to have to integrate our primary products into a value-added stage to create brands that can be recognised as unique and special," he said. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a National Farmer Experimentation and Innovation Workshop for Extension Officers, hosted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands) in collaboration with the Rural Agricultural and Development Authority (RADA, Jamaica), at the Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre, University of the West Indies (UWI, Jamaica Campus), on 28 September 2010. (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 29 September 2010)