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Need To Maintain Healthy Soil

Given that soil degradation is becoming a rapidly increasing problem in all parts of the world, the Agriculture Ministry has stressed the need to maintain healthy soil locally. The message
20 May 2015 10:24
Need To Maintain Healthy Soil
Acting PS Agriculture Uraia Waibuta at Holiday Inn Suva. Photo: RANOBA BAOA

Given that soil degradation is becoming a rapidly increasing problem in all parts of the world, the Agriculture Ministry has stressed the need to maintain healthy soil locally.

The message came yesterday as Fiji joined the rest of the World in launching the International Year of Soil and the Institute of Agricultural Science symposium in Suva.

The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘Healthy Soil for a Healthy Life.’

Acting Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Uraia Waibuta, said: “We need healthy soil to achieve food and nutritional security.

“Soil is the major resource for agricultural production therefore healthy soil is critical to sustainable agriculture. Without healthy soil, life on earth would be unsustainable.”

Mr Waibuta said about 33 per cent of global soils are already degraded through urbanisation.

“According to a United Nations Report, the world population is anticipated to hit the global mark by 2050,” he said.

Mr Waibuta praised the symposium and noted these forms of platforms are vital for those who are interested in advancing agriculture in Fiji.

The symposium was organised by the Fiji Institute of Agricultural Science (FIAS) and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Moving focus back

Mr Waibuta said in the recent years, there has been more dependence on tourism, mining and forestry industries.

Nevertheless, he stressed there is still a heavy reliance on soil-related activities for export earnings and local economic activity.

He said the dependence on soil resources will continue far into the future.

“Domestic production of food is still critical and so important and a degree of subsistence living is still found in more rural areas,” he said.

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