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North Commodities Worth $98m: Cox

The major commodities in the North have a yearly value of $98 million says principal agriculture North John Cox. He was briefing the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Joeli Cawaki, at
07 Feb 2015 14:12
North Commodities Worth $98m: Cox

The major commodities in the North have a yearly value of $98 million says principal agriculture North John Cox.

He was briefing the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Joeli Cawaki, at Macuata House in Labasa on Thursday.

Mr Cox said many projects and agricultural produce were available in the North but they needed more attention.

“The North’s major commodities are dalo, yaqona, cocoa and rice,” he said

Mr Cox said the North had so much to offer when it came to agricultural production.

“We’ve had a few training in the rural areas like Loa Village in Cakaudrove; Kavula Village in Lekutu, Bua; Cawaro Village in Udu, and Vurikilai, Naravuka and Nasaqa villages in Macuata,” Mr Cox said.

He said that the training was based on farming as a business, sustainable management and extension services.

Mr Cox said the ministry had also completed biophysical surveys in the districts of Tunuloa, Natewa, and Dogotuki while surveys were still underway in Lekutu, Bua.

“The agriculture ministry needs to assist in terms of marketing of major agricultural commodities, value adding opportunities, improved livestock breeds and varieties of crop and infrastructure developments in potential areas,” Cox said.

Mr Cawaki thanked Mr Cox for his presentation and said the ministry had funds allocated for this year and urged other stakeholders to help the agriculture ministry in the North.

The Minister will be in Labasa this week.

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