Finnish MP and farmer Jari Leppä was named Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on Thursday. Leppä, a member of the Centre Party, has served in parliament since 1999 and will now be responsible for some of the workload that fellow party member Kimmo Tiilikainen has carried out.
Leppä serves as chair on the Agricultural and Forestry committee, and says he wants to create growth in the food industry.
"The [food] industry has not grown in a long time," Leppä said Thursday, saying that one of his goals it to increase food exports.
Ministerial duty changes
While Kimmo Tiilikainen will continue as Minister of the Environment, he will also take up new duties regarding energy issues. The PM informally called Tiilikainen the "climate minister" on Thursday.
At the same time, Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä will take over the state ownership portfolio.
The government, now in the second half of its four-year term, recently decided to increase the number of minister positions by three and to delegate ministers' work on portfolios considered to be the most arduous.
The National Coalition Party's vice chair and MP Antti Häkkänen was named Finland's new Minister of Justice, taking over the duties of the Finns Party's Jari Lindström.
Lindström will continue in his capacity as Minister of Employment, and the National Coalition Party's Sanni Grahn-Laasonen will continue in her job as Minister of Education.
As expected, the Finns Party's Sampo Terho will step into the job of Minister of Culture, Sport and European issues.