Ministry of Agriculture
The Agriculture Ministry aims to reduce social inequality by strengthening and expanding the scope of development instruments, giving priority to small-scale and family farming. The ministry is also responsible for contributing to adding value to agriculture, which includes promoting an agrarian economy based on technology and innovation as well as furthering the elements that maximize productivity and competition in agriculture, namely the quality, innocuity and healthiness of agricultural products. At the same time, safeguarding rural workers, our communities, our culture and our natural resources is a top priority of development.
Antonio WalkerAGRICULTURE MINISTER
Mr. Walker studied Agriculture at the technical and professional institute Inacap and was a Fruit Science Major at the California Polytechnic State University in the United States. An agricultural entrepreneur, for 30 years he has focused his efforts on developing modern, export-quality fruit growing with a vision of sustainability.
During his career, he has been a trade association leader, assuming the roles of Deputy Chairman of fruit industry trade association Federación Nacional de Productores de Fruta de Chile (Fedefruta), Director of farmers’ association Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura (SNA), and also serving as a member of the Productivity Committee of the Confederation of Production and Commerce (CPC).
Mr. Walker was a founder and member of the Corporación Pomanova (a group of agronomists) and also of the Technology Transfer Group. He was Chairman of Maule region’s association of fruit producers Asociación Gremial de Productores de Fruta de la Región del Maule (FruSéptima).
Mr. Walker is married to Andrea Lecaros Vergara and together they have six children.
Alfonso VargasAGRICULTURE UNDERSECRETARY
Mr. Vargas has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Chile. His career in the public sector includes the position of Mayor in the municipality of Hijuelas and three consecutive terms as Deputy in the Valparaíso Region between 1994 and 2010, representing the districts of Cabildo, Hijuelas, La Calera, La Cruz, La Ligua, Nogales, Papudo, Petorca, Puchuncaví, Quillota, Quintero and Zapallar. From 2009 to 2010 he also held the role of Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies.
He has always been involved in the agriculture sector, participating in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development Committee, or through production and export activities, particularly in the Quillota province.
He is an active member of the Renovación Nacional party and has served as its Deputy Chairman. During President Piñera’s first term, he held the position of Defense Undersecretary.
Mr. Vargas is separated and has four daughters.