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Samuda wants 'healthy, productive and constructive relationship' with staff

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Industry, Commerce and Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda (third left), along with (from left) Permanent Secretary in the agriculture division of the ministry, Donovan Stanberry ; Minister without Portfolio in the ministry, J.C. Hutchinson and Permanent Secretary in the industry and commerce division, Dr Vivian Brown, at the agriculture division, Hope Gardens, in St Andrew.

Minister of Industry Commerce and Agriculture Karl Samuda says he is looking forward to a "healthy, productive and constructive relationship" with the staff of the agriculture division of the ministry.

"The manner in which we plan to operate this enormous ministry is to use the strengths of industry and commerce to link with the Ministry of Agriculture, so that together we can share common experiences, methods and techniques ... so that together we can build a strong team working to develop important areas such as agro-industries," said the minister.

He was speaking at a welcome reception held at the agriculture division of the ministry at Hope Gardens in Kingston, on Wednesday.

Samuda, along with Minister without Portfolio in the Industry, Commerce and Agriculture Ministry J.C. Hutchinson, met with several members of staff and apprised them of their expectations.

"We look forward to the contribution that every single member of staff will make. We come to you as persons willing to work with you," Samuda said.

The minister also pledged to give the staff the tools necessary to get the job done in an efficient manner.

For his part, Hutchinson said he was pleased to be a part of the ministry and gave a commitment to the development of agro-economic zones.