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New chief agricultural officer

With the substantive office holder Barton Clarke on an overseas posting for the last year, Government has moved to temporarily install a chief agricultural officer.

Since Clarke has been away the senior position in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management has been filled by acting chief Ralph Farnum, who along with Charleston Lucas, is a Deputy Chief Agricultural Officer.

A recent notice from the Personnel Administration Division advertised the Chief Agricultural Officer post.

“The appointment is temporary and may be terminated by at least one month’s notice on either side,” it stated.

The successful applicant will be paid between $135,023 and $147,926 annually, with a taxable entertainment allowance ($1,103.27 per month), taxable travel allowance ($974.78 per month), and non taxable telephone allowance ($138.12 per month).

It was on September 8 last year that Clarke became the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Representative responsible for Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname.

Clarke, who was the Ministry of Agriculture’s chief agriculture officer from 2001 up to his recent shift, is now based in Trinidad, taking over from former FAO representative Florita Kentish. (SC)

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