Roger Clarke was one of a kind
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The board of directors, management and staff of the Citrus Growers' Association deeply regrets the untimely passing of this stalwart of Jamaican agriculture and son of the soil.
In terms of his candour, rapport and ability to communicate with farmers in the field, we recall the occasion when he was invited to symbolically plant the first citrus seedling at a citrus-replanting programme at the association's citrus farm.
It was just before the lunch break, which prompted one farmer to vociferously advise him, "Don't plant it pan hungry belly, sah, fah it naw go bear," to which he sharply reminded the farmer/heckler that he had just drank a jelly coconut. Quite interestingly, that citrus seedling turned out to be a prolific bearing plant.
It, therefore, goes without saying that besides his long years of experience in several capacities in agriculture, one of the endearing features of his stewardship, which enabled him to get across his message and connect with the common man was his ready wit and ability to defuse those difficult and testing encounters that would otherwise have ben problematic.
We, therefore, wish to extend our deepest condolences to his widow and family members.
Citrus Growers' Association