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Agriculture sector mourns Dr Henry Rainford

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 8:00 AM

The Jamaica Livestock Association (JLA) is mourning the passing of its chairman and chief executive officer, Henry Rainford, who died on Sunday in hospital.

Dr Karl Wellington, JLA director and Rainford's close friend, told The Gleaner that he was a "hard-nosed" businessman but also very understanding.

He said one of Rainford's most important contributions was the use of his leadership to ensure that the profits from commercial ventures went towards the development of the livestock industry.

"He sold Jamaica in such a way that we were favourably looked at as one of the leading livestock countries in the tropics," said Wellington.

Rainford died at the University Hospital of the West Indies after a long period of illness.

He was elected chairman of the JLA in April 2009.