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5-year Plan To Assist Agriculture Development

5-year Plan To Assist  Agriculture Development
July 16
12:32 2017

A five year strategy development plan, valued at $29 million, has been validated and submitted by the agriculture industry to the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Fiji Crops Sector Strategy,  outlines ways to continue the improvement of the agriculture industry in our country.

It was prepared by international consultant and Fiji Crop and Livestock Council chairman Simon Cole.

Stakeholders of the agriculture sector, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative, Joan Young and Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Jitendra Singh were part of the final Crop Strategy Validation Workshop on Wednesday.

This was to ensure that every stakeholder takes ownership of the final document.

The idea started from a consultative workshop in 2015 then blossomed and led to further discussions throughout the years.

This led to the birth of the  Fiji Crops Sector Strategy.

The activities identified in the strategy document aims to complement the activities of the Ministry of Agriculture and other Ministries and agencies involved in the sector.

A validation workshop was held in March 2017 to receive feedback from the various stakeholders.

According to the Strategy, the sector has shown sustained growth over the last seven years.

The vision of the national crop sector strategy: “Modern and competitive, providing resilient and sustainable livelihood opportunities for farmers, particularly youth and women, operating in a dynamic environment and contributing to the food and nutritional security of Fiji.”

Mr Singh said the Ministry of Agriculture believes the Crop Strategy must be driven by the private sector.

“Other than playing a facilitative role, Government through the Ministry of Agriculture will provide interventions in areas where constraints have been identified to be beyond the scope of the private sector players,” said Mr Singh.

The Ministry is currently in the process of developing an e-Agriculture Strategy document that will be built into the Crop Strategy documents that will make agriculture more attractive to the younger population.

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