Minister of Agriculture Christopher Tufton of Jamaica

Tall and stop-you-in-your-tracks handsome, Christopher Tufton was born blessed with much more than his looks.
Tufton was quick to follow his mother's example.
Along with compassion, he states, Tufton is the "ultimate professional.
At Manchester High School, Tufton was valedictorian of the Class of 1987.
Friend Warren Newby, now a professor of finance at the University of South Florida in Tampa and an entrepreneur, told Outlook that the first thing to know about Tufton is that he is "very people oriented.
Christopher Tufton was officially sworn in as Opposition senator on June 24, 2005, appointed to fill the vacancy left by Opposition Leader, Bruce Golding, who tendered his resignation four months earlier.
Tufton is married with three children.
entities are sold later this year.
Tufton met with trade union officials on Wednesday.
Tufton takes to the street, knocking on the doors of likely voters, from both the People's National Party (PNP) and JLP, and usually ends his day convinced that his message of community empowerment has hit home with those he is trying to convince to vote for him come election day.
Tufton is the person they would most like to see as their next Member of Parliament, as opposed to the 25 per cent that would most like to see his PNP opponent, the Reverend Stanley Redwood.
Tufton said he has had to address range from the rising level of unemployment, especially among young people, to the massive downturn in industries such as tourism, fishing and farming.
Tufton is also an Opposition senator and a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
Published: Saturday | December 27, 2008 Tufton Agriculture minister Dr Christopher Tufton says his ministry is aiming to have an additional 54 Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) officers in place by April 2009 to assist farmers across the country.
Addressing farmers in Bamboo, St Ann, recently, Tufton said when he took office last September there were 60 extension officers and 60 assistants.
Tufton was addressing concerns raised at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Pig Farmers Association (JPFA) held recently in Ocho Rios, about the escalating cost of feed and the need to find alternative feedstock.
Tufton was thinking about the value-added of flour — that is, making flour from cassava — might I advise him that flour can also be made from yam, breadfruit, banana, arrowroot and corn.
Minister of Agriculture Dr Christopher Tufton has indicated that help is on the way for 87 farmers whose farms were recently devastated by fire in the community of Bigwoods, St Elizabeth.
Tufton said the original allocation of $20 million has been augmented by an additional $11 million from the Institute for International Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.
Tufton said that this facility will be similar to the Grameen-style model, "which.
Dr Tufton was speaking at the launch of the European Union (EU) workshop on fishery and aquaculture standards, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.
Tufton said the workshop was of particular importance, as it provided an opportunity to expand and sustain existing economic activities in the sector.
Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said that the country has had to depend on imports for more than 60 per cent of those food requirements, but noted it has been realised, particularly over the last year, that the erratic nature of the marketplace makes citizens vulnerable.
Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said that the programme, which will begin on February 21, is intended to engage all the critical stakeholders, "not just those who are primarily responsible for promoting local production.
Dr Tufton said that the country has had to depend on imports for more than 60 per cent of those food requirements, but noted it has been realised, particularly over the last year, that the erratic nature of the marketplace makes citizens vulnerable.
agricultural production in his native country.
Tufton said that the payment process went smoothly, with only a two per cent query in regard to payment calculations.
Tufton said that the immediate pay package totaled about US$10.
Tufton said he expected the sale to be completed by December 31.
Tufton said that $10 million was originally allocated to the sector, with $2 million for aquaculture; $3 million for beach clean-up; and $5 million for assistance to fishermen in relation to nets, mesh and other fishing gears.
Tufton was seeking to do and what he has proposed to improve the situation for our fishermen.
Christopher Tufton has said that the current global food crisis has the potential to undermine all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by world leaders at the United Nations in 2000, more so the target to halve extreme global poverty and hunger by 2015.
Tufton was speaking on Wednesday (June 4), at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) High Level Conference on 'World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy', held in Rome, Italy.
Christopher Tufton has summoned three members of the board of the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) to a meeting on Monday in relation to a botched fertiliser deal.
Tufton was speaking at the opening ceremony for a Sub-Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Agricultural Science, Technology, and Innovation Systems, being hosted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), in collaboration with the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST.
Agriculture Minister Christopher Tufton said Friday that it is the final handout of $5 million in EU funds intended to help farmers.
The quarrel over chicken imports occurs annually, but this time producers say they are even more disappointed with the decision to open the market to competition, suggesting that it would deny them revenue to service loans and the investment in new technology - specifically Tunnel Ventilated Houses - that Tufton has been encouraging them to make.
But Tufton said words were insufficient to satisfy him that supplies would be adequate.
Tufton said that by ensuring adequate supplies, it was unlikely that local producers would raise prices, keeping the meat affordable for consumers already pinched by higher shelf prices.
But Tufton said the importation would not likely have such an impact in such a short time frame.
Fair tradeTufton says the next five years allows Jamaica a window to reorganise the sector - looking at niche markets and value-added products.
2008-12-24 With time running out on the proposed sugar divestment deal and fears mounting about the fate of the industry, Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is expressing confidence that an agreement will be signed by the December 31 deadline.
2008-12-18 Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the distribution of redundancy cheq.
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Tufton is also a scholar and a business strategist.
Tufton has had experience as a newspaper columnist, talk show host and a businessman.
Tufton is married and has three children.
competing, and valued added activities.