NATION

Western Alliance Work For Farmers

Western Charitable Alliance (WCA), in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), conducted a consultation with farmers in the Western Division last week. It was part of Markets for Change
02 Feb 2015 12:09
Western Alliance Work For Farmers

Western Charitable Alliance (WCA), in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), conducted a consultation with farmers in the Western Division last week.

It was part of Markets for Change project implemented by UNDP.

Executive director Jitendra Naidu said, “The consultation was very interesting noting some concerns raised by farmers.

Some of the issues raised were:

-Poor supply of quality seeds and seedlings

-Lack of information on modern farming techniques

-Lack of field visits and advice from Agriculture Extension

-Lack of exposure and information on markets particularly markets beyond the municipal markets

-Shortage of farm labour

-The high cost involving land preparation and cultivation.

“The project will pay special attention on trying to entice young people into farming by exposing them to modern smart farming methods which is less physically demanding, more attractive and has better profitability,” Mr Naidu said.

Following the consultation UNDP and WCA will consolidate the findings and use the recommendations to work with farmers to assist them over the next three years.

The next meeting that will be based on the success and sustainability of the project will be on February 15 at Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi from 10am.

Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fijisun E-edition
Total Excellium
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper