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Crop, Livestock Council Builds links Up North

The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) continues its efforts to further develop its associations with the initial focus on yaqona, dalo, and livestock. Executive chairman, Simon Cole, said a
10 Jun 2015 11:32
Crop, Livestock Council Builds links Up North
Fiji Crop and Livestock Council and Government conducting meetings with Northern Yaqona farmers and the Northern Livestock Association.

The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) continues its efforts to further develop its associations with the initial focus on yaqona, dalo, and livestock.

Executive chairman, Simon Cole, said a team from the council has joined representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Northern Provincial Administration Office.

This is for meetings with both the Northern Yaqona farmers and the Northern Livestock Association.

More than 300 farmers attended its initial Yaqona Association general meeting the past week.

The Livestock Association meeting will be held tomorrow in Labasa with a large turnout expected.

The farmers are primarily from the provinces of Bua, Cakadrove and Macuata are expected to participate.

Council’s Commodity Associations Coordinator, Rachael Varea, said the purpose was to formalide the associations with a fully-elected executive committee in the Livestock Association and an interim committee with Yaqona.

Ms Varea, who is organising the meetings, said the interest shown by the farmers in these associations had been outstanding.

“While this is early days, we see this as a significant step towards fully organized and expanded associations,” she said.

Mr Cole referred to the European Union recently acknowledging that it saw FCLC as a major player in the non- sugar agricultural sector of the economy.

He said since this, there has been increased interest from all of our associations in to more formalising their structures.

Mr Cole said FCLC has been working with the farmers towards this end for several months.

He said now that they are closer to a formal infrastructure they will be in better position to benefit from the council.

He said the purpose of FCLC was designed to address the needs of agriculture in Fiji.

This was to complement those of the Ministry of Primary Industries and drive growth in the industry towards poverty alleviation, food security and exports.

“We have always been clear on our purpose since the then Minister of Primary Industries created FCLC to help the non-sugar farmers reach towards their full potential,” he said.

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