Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that the success of the agricultural sector depends largely on the critical linkages that can be forged at different levels of the industry and with wider business interests.
The Minister was addressing a business expo organised by the Central Agricultural Supplies Company (CASCO), held on Saturday July 24 at the Manchester Club in Mandeville, Manchester.
“Agriculture is not just about the farmer; it is about a range of activities that create value from the primary producer all the way through to the market players to the consumer, who will utilise what the primary producer produces and create additional value to generate satisfaction that all of us crave, and look for every day,” he said.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, tries out a Massey Ferguson tractor, distributed locally by Hood Daniel Well Company, while Sales Representative with Hood Daniel, Michael McKenzie, provides instruction. The Minister was at a business expo put on by Central Agricultural Supplies Company (CASCo) on Saturday July 24, at the Manchester Club in Mandeville.
He noted that suppliers of agricultural outputs, like CASCO, and others, depend on the success of the farmer in order for their business to flourish. “The agro-producer, who takes the produce that is produced by the farmer, depends on an efficient farmer in order to create value to make the seasonings, and the spices and all other things that agriculture produces,” he noted.
He urged farmers to seek to increase efficiency and productivity to take advantage of business opportunities. “When I see the Digicel and the Cable and Wireless booths, and the many other things on display here today, all of those activities speak to the empowering of our primary producer, and enabling them to do their best,” Dr. Tufton said.
More than 37 entities displayed products and services at the business expo, including the Jamaica Information Service.