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Show Explores Agro Sector

seruwaia waqasaqa labasa The 2014 Northern Agriculture Show has provided the platform to encourage farmers, businesses and children to understand and explore the opportunities available in the agriculture sector. The
31 Jul 2014 07:41

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Farmers displaying their root crops during the opening of the 2014 Northern Agriculture Show held at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday. Photo: Seruwaia Waqasaqa

The 2014 Northern Agriculture Show has provided the platform to encourage farmers, businesses and children to understand and explore the opportunities available in the agriculture sector.
The three-day show started at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday.
Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said agriculture was important and the focus of the show was to demonstrate the diversity and richness of the sector.
“Agriculture is important because it reflects the economy and everybody benefits from it,” he said.
Mr Seruiratu said last year Fiji was awarded by the United Nations at the FAO in Rome for its achievement in millennium development Goal 1-Eradicate poverty and meeting hunger for people.
He said this was through the collective efforts of farmers, stakeholders, NGO’s and business stakeholders.
“This is the opportunity we have in Government in terms of our future,” Mr Seruiratu said.
“The Government has endorsed the 2020 agriculture policy agenda for Fiji last Tuesday and it will be launched this Friday so we need to take responsibility as farmers and business stakeholders to analyse our performance and think of our future.
“Agriculture in recent years contributes to nine per cent of GDP and it is possible for us to work together in order to improve economic growth.”
He added that policies were very important and we need to be relevant as dynamics have also changed.
“Our environment has changed, we continue to change and we need proactive on the changes.”

Products on display
Meanwhile at the show, there were displays of various agricultural items from vegetables, root crops, virgin oils, seaweed items as well as florist’s displays and students from various schools in Labasa attended.
Farmer Shakuntala Devi said the show in Labasa provided a good opportunity for their business to grow financially as people took advantage of their products and the reasonable prices.
“We sold green vegetables, pawpaw, tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, bongo chillies and pumpkin which were freshly hand-picked from our own farms,” she said.

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