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Interest shown for marine, agri

By ANA MADIGIBULI The Ministry of Primary Industries has noted interest from a lot of people for the conservation of the country’s marine resources. The Minister for Primary Industries, Joketani
13 Aug 2012 09:35

Agricultutral produce showcased at the Crest Agriculture Show 2012 in Churchill Park last week. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

By ANA MADIGIBULI

The Ministry of Primary Industries has noted interest from a lot of people for the conservation of the country’s marine resources.
The Minister for Primary Industries, Joketani Cokanasiga, made these comments following the successful end to the Crest Agriculture Show 2012 held last week in Lautoka.
He said the Fisheries Department and the Mamanuca Environment Society had done a great job during the show in explaining to the public the importance of conservation and why people need to conserve.
“It is important for people to know of how they have to conserve the environment and its resources especially the marine wildlife such as turtles,” he said.
“Looking at the conservation angle of agriculture, marine and land conservation in particular are the most important things highlighted in this years show.”
Mr Cokanasiga said it was also good to see the number of students interested in the agriculture show.
“It is vital to get students at a younger age to participate in agriculture conservation programmes and also in other activities such as gardening at school and also at home,” he said.
A teacher, Jone Kalou, said he had learned so much from the Fisheries Department and Mamanuca Environment Society booth, as he was told of the different sort of species out there and on the various species which were endangered.
Mr Kalou said it was educational and going down to the agriculture show was quite beneficial.
As part of the Ridge to Reef initiative, the Minister for Primary Industries released five tagged hawksbill turtles into the ocean in Lautoka to mark the importance of conservation.
The Crest Agriculture Show 2012 came to an end on Saturday with the Prime Minister’s Farmer Awards night held on Friday to award the best of the best in the agriculture industry.




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