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New Rural Development And Agriculture Programme To Launch In 2016

New Rural Development And Agriculture Programme  To Launch In 2016
Waisale Serevi.
October 06
09:25 2015

Cost of project:

  • Vanuatu: Euro 25 million (FJ 6,084,544)
  • Solomon Island: Euro 10 million (FJ 2,433,793)
  • Fiji: Euro 20 million (FJ $4,867,257)

 

The FJ $4,867,257 million new rural development and agriculture programme in Fiji is set to launch next.

This was revealed by the Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.

He made these comments at the opening of the Strategic Planning for Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics for Pacific Island countries workshop in Nadi yesterday.

Mr Seruiratu said the programme will support agriculture and the sugar sector in Fiji from 2016 to 2020.

He added: “The agriculture sector is a major source of income and employment for most Pacific Islands and plays a vital role in supporting food security, sustainable livelihoods and economic growth.

“Nearly 73 per cent of the Pacific population lives in rural areas and in Fiji the sugar industry alone supports the livelihoods of 200, 000 Fijians.”

European Union Ambassador Andrew Jacobs added the 11th European Development Fund Pacific regional programme foresees a total of Euro 35 million.

Mr Jacobs said: “This is for supporting the sustainable management of oceanic and coastal natural resources.

“The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has been tasked to lead the discussions for the development of this future project.”

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