By the Honourable Karl Samuda, CD, MP
MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, COMMERCE
AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016
Theme: Growth Through Production
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE MINISTRY
Mr. Speaker, let me begin by congratulating the Prime Minister for his extraordinary vision in combining the portfolios of
Agriculture and Fisheries and Industry and Commerce. In doing this, this Government has signalled that we intend to move our focus in agriculture from mere primary production to the development of agro-industries as a critical plank of our growth
and job creation thrust.
Mr. Speaker, consolidated in this Ministry are the major productive elements of the real economy, spanning agriculture,
the distributive trade and manufacturing. Combined, these sectors contribute approximately one-third of the country’s GDP
and employ 45% of our labour force.