Fiji-India Will Sign MOU
A memorandum of understanding (MoU), between Fiji and India will be consolidated soon to pursue technology transfer in the coconut sector.
Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu confirmed the move after meeting with the Coconut Development Board (CDB), senior officials at its headquarters in Kochin, India.
The meeting highlighted a number of issues Fiji needed to consider in improving its coconut productivity.
CDB chairman T.K Jose said that value adding is an area Fiji needs to pursue in order to be recognised.
India’s coconut export earning alone in 2013 was around US$440 million.
“India’s success is based on its genetic approach to coconut production and process coupled with continued government’s support to the industry.” said Mr Jose.
Mr Seruiratu and his team toured a Coconut Museum displaying all coconut by-products.
“During the visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we had expressed our interest in entering into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with specific agencies within the government of India as we intend to pursue agriculture-related issues, particularly seed development, training and exchange of technical expertise,” Mr Seruiratu said.
The delegation later visited a crab and prawn farming area in Kerala which continues to use traditional farming methods and practices.
The Minister and his team are in Kochi to attend the 51st ministerial meeting/session of the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), from February 2-5.