THE EDITOR, Sir:
Chistopher Serju's article 'Corn talk hasn't a kernel of sense' (Sunday Gleaner, November 25, 2012) hit the nail on the head. The project is a powerful PR exercise, for the Jamaica Broilers Group and the agriculture minister, Roger Clarke, could not miss the opportunity to create another sound bite/photo op.
This is most unfortunate, for had he consulted with his permanent secretary and chief technical officer, he most likely would have received advice paralleling that of Dr Fred Hanley - a great follow-up to the 'Eat more pork' outburst.
Very early in his tenure, Roger Clarke indicated that he severely reduced the livestock activities on his farm(s) as a response to praedial larceny. What has Mr Clarke done about this since taking office? About assistance to farmers in marketing their produce?
Are you aware that Jamaica does NOT have a certified abattoir for either beef or pork? A visit to the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation slaughterhouse would prove to be most interesting. Dr Karl Wellington's response says it all.