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Guide To Help Farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture has commended an agriculture guide produced by the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The PIFON
25 Oct 2014 11:20
Guide To Help Farmers
The Minister for Agricultur Inia Seruiratu is being briefed at Bobby’s Farm on the boar goats .

The Ministry of Agriculture has commended an agriculture guide produced by the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

The PIFON Agriculture Value Chain Guide for the Pacific Islands which is supported by the SPC and the European Union was launched at the Holiday Inn, Suva, yesterday.

An agriculture value chain is a way of describing the different links required to take a product from the farm to the end consumer.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Ropate Ligairi said the guide complemented what Government and the ministry were trying to do.

“That is to have a structured and  organised production to the marketing system. The whole value chain to be done in an organised manner,” Mr Ligairi said.

“That’s what we are trying to spell out also in our Agriculture Sector Policy 2020.”

Meanwhile, PIFON board member, Andrew Mcgregor said when the Centre of Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) approached Koko Siga Pacific to prepare the guide their first reaction was why?

“There are numerous value chain manuals available. However, we found that these don’t meet the requirements of the Pacific island farmers, traders and policy makers, not sufficient account of Pacific islands agriculture and excessively complex and designed for use for outside the value chain,” Mr Mcgregor said.

He said the guide was intended to be practical and useable by the actors in the Pacific island value chains.

“It draws on the experience of actual Pacific island value chains,” Mr Mcgregor said.

He said the guide would be put to test over the next few months.

“PIFON will be piloting it with three of our member organisations: Vanuatu Spices Network, Tei Tei Taveuni and the Tutu Rural Training Centre,” Mr Mcgregor said.

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