Jamaica

Derrick Kellier appointed Agriculture Minister


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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has appointed Derrick Kellier, the Minister of Labour and Social Security, to the additional portfolio of Agriculture of Fisheries. The vacancy of the agriculture post arose after the death of Minister Roger Clarke in August.

The press release from the Office of the Prime Minister says that the two portfolios will continue to be treated as separate Ministries. The Minister will be assisted by Luther Buchanan as Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour and Social Security.

Derrick Kellier (67) is a businessman and farmer who was educated at Roehampton Primary School in St. James and Calabar High School in St. Andrew. He was elected to parliament in 1989 and from 1989 to 1995 he served as Parliamentary Secretary in a variety of ministries. He was made Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister in October 2002 and he also served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government, Youth and Sports.

In 2006 Derrick Kellier was made Minister of Labour and Social Security and remained there until the People’s National Party (PNP) was defeated in 2007. He returned to his old role in January 2012 after the PNP won the December 2011 general election.

Derrick Kellier is married with four children.

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