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Agri Minister Urges Farmers To Work With Them To Achieve Modernising Goal

Agri Minister Urges Farmers To Work With Them To Achieve Modernising Goal
Farmer revives farm with seedling distribution.Photo: Ministry of Agriculture.
May 21
12:24 2018

Inia Seruiratu is urging farm­ers to work with their officers in order to ensure that Fiji’s modernising of the agricultural sector is achieved.

The Minister for Agriculture, Ru­ral and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management was speaking during a talanoa ses­sion for Copra farmers in Savusa­vu on Friday.

He was responding to incidences where agriculture officers would be chased away by some farmers in their efforts to collect information on farmers around the country.

Mr Seruiratu said before they did not have proper data on farmers but now they were collecting them.

“Now in terms of the modernisa­tion efforts most of them are now coming back to the Agriculture Ministry because they know that we are beginning to focus now with the assistance not only on in­dividuals but more focused now on groups,” he said.

“For the last three years, we have been working on our agriculture statistics. We have the database now for the ministry and if we click the farmers name all the re­cords of the farmer will be there.”

Mr Seruiratu said collecting in­formation from farmers was dif­ficult because his officers were sometimes chased.

“What we want from farmers is honest sharing of information’s which would make our work easi­er,” he said.

“With the data collected, we will categorise the farmers and then issue Identification Card (ID) to farmers which will contain infor­mation’s about them.

“We didn’t have proper data three years ago and we are working on it. We are also working on our cus­tomer service and feedbacks.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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