Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has called on the Organisation of American States (OAS) to assist Caribbean countries to address challenges within the agricultural sector.
Minister Tufton made the call on Friday (Sept. 11) when he paid a courtesy call on Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, at his downtown Washington, D.C office in the USA.
The Agriculture Minister said that the OAS should help the Caribbean countries to look at alternative crops due to challenges with traditional commodities, such as sugar and bananas.
Dr. Tufton also took the opportunity to brief the Secretary General on plans for the upcoming Fifth Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Rural Life, in the context of the Summit of the Americas process, and the Fifteenth Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA), which will take place in Montego Bay St. James from October 25 to 31.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (2nd left), has the attention of Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Miguel Insulza (right), as they discuss matters pertaining to agriculture, when Dr. Tufton visited the OAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC USA on Friday (Sept. 11). Sharing in the discussions are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Donovan Stanberry (left), and Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson.
The Ministerial Meeting is the most important hemispheric forum for reaching agreement on priorities and strategic actions for the sustainable development of agriculture and rural life in the hemisphere.
Dr. Tufton extended an invitation to the Secretary General to attend the Ministerial conference and be one of its main speakers.
Minister Tufton was accompanied on the visit by Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson; Jamaica’s alternate representative to the OAS, Ann Scott; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry.