Samuda denies corruption in planting of grass on his farm
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has denied that he used his influence to get the Jamaica Dairy Development Board to establish a 15-acre demonstration plot of Mombasa dairy feeding grass on his personal property in Knollis, St Catherine.
The assertion was made by his opposition counterpart, Dayton Campbell, in the House of Representatives yesterday.
The opposition member claimed that the Dairy Board had agreed to only five acres being planted on the minister's property.
He said the recently dismissed Chief Executive Officer of the Dairy Board Hugh Graham had also disagreed to a further 35 acres of grass being planted on the minister's farm and pulled the technical team from the project.
But Samuda said this was not true.
He read a letter reportedly written to him by the acting CEO of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board detailing the genesis of the grass being planted on the property.
The acting CEO noted in his letter that the idea was not Samuda’s and that the minister had declined when the Jamaica Dairy Development Board offered to plant the grass on his property.
Samuda says he did not end up paying for the grass as the board said it was not its practice to bill farmers for such services.
Samuda, who was speaking at a press conference in Kingston said he made a mistake, however, by not documenting his offer to pay for the grass.