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Minister of Agriculture

Wilson Laleau and Agribusiness program

Wilson Laleau and Agribusiness program

Here is Minister of Economy and Finance Wilson Laleau - New program "Agribusiness"

Some of the responsible positions that Hon. Wilson Laleau had served in the past, include: Minister of the Economy and Finance, Haiti, Governor at Inter-American Development Bank and Governor at The Caribbean Development Bank. He was the Minister of Economy and Finance during the presidency of former President Martelly. As a minister, he initiated a support program for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in agriculture and agribusiness sector to improve and increase productivity. A funds named ' Industry Development Fund (IDF)' with an amount of 1 billion 200 million gourdes was created to provide loans to agricultural companies fulfilling certain eligible criteria. Under the program, an aspiring beneficiary to the fund must hold a standard unit of land covering an area of 10 hectares or about 12 tiles-- the land could be owned by a single beneficiary or jointly by several land owners which could be construed as one single unit.

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Haitian Agriculture Minister, Joanas Gue

Haitian Agriculture Minister, Joanas Gue

Here is a picture of Haitian Agriculture Minister, Joanas Gué.

The former Minister of Agriculture, Jonas Gué was one among the six potential candidates to the post of the Prime Minister which was published on Friday, February 19. His other five contenders for the post were: the economist and former Governor of the Haitian National Bank, Fritz Jean (the present Prime Minister); Director of the Radio Télé Antilles international, Jacques Sampeur; Myrlande Hyppolite Manigat, a presidential runner-up in 2010; the former Senator Dieusseul Simon Desras ; and the former Senator Edgar Leblanc Fils from OPL (Organisation du peuple en lutte). We might remember that in February 2010, following the devastating earthquake, then Agriculture Minister Jonas Gué asked for debt relief when he visited Rome to meet with senior officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during the 33rd session of the Funds' Governing Council. He convinced them to ease the burden in order to rehabilitate and strengthen Haiti's agriculture and rural sector following the previous month's devastating earthquake. In July 2010, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cancelled its $268 million debts owed by Haiti and extended a loan support amounting to $60 million under extended credit facility (ECF) plan.

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Resignation of Jean Francois Thomas, Minister of Agriculture

Resignation of Jean Francois Thomas,  Minister of Agriculture

Here is a picture of the former Minister of Agriculture in Haiti, Jean François Thomas,

Agricultural Minister Jean Francois has been forced to resign due to students violently preventing him from entering the Agronomy and Veterinary building. They protest he has no experience in the sector.

Francois resigned to "save unjustified suffering to the agricultural sector, to the Government, and whole country" He adds the students' accusations are untrue.

Students also want Martelly to unappoint two secretaries of state for the same reason. They promise more trouble if Martelly does not.

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