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PM Visits Agricultural Projects This Week To Be Better Informed

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama hopes his visits to various agricultural projects around the country will help him make more informed decisions when it comes to budgetary allocations. Mr Bainimarama will
01 Jul 2015 09:50
PM Visits Agricultural Projects This Week To Be Better Informed
Agriculture Marketing Authority’s Losalini Degei demonstrates to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama how virgin coconut oil is extracted at the company premises in Nausori yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama hopes his visits to various agricultural projects around the country will help him make more informed decisions when it comes to budgetary allocations.

Mr Bainimarama will be visiting various agricultural projects around the country this week.

He started off on Monday with Ben’s Trading and Kaiming Agro Processing in Navua.

Yesterday, he visited the Ministry of Agriculture-managed Agriculture Marketing Authority in Nausori as well as the Koronivia Research Station.

Mr Bainimarama said he was shown by the Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, a lot of things which needed improvement especially cash injection, funding and resources.

He has assured that hopefully in the next couple of weeks, they will work on those they can assist quickly.

But, he said those which require budgeting, they will put in the budgetary requests for next year.

“The last couple of days has been very good lesson to me. So all these things I hope will help me make well-informed decisions with the Minister,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The Prime Minister will continue with his tour this week and is expected to be in the West over the weekend.

 

Reason for visits

Mr Seruiratu, meanwhile stressed it was important the Prime Minister was updated on where the agriculture industry is and the work currently being done.

“We also want for him to realise the potentials and opportunities in agriculture,” he said.

“We want to contribute more to GDP and agriculture is so important because for most of the people in rural Fiji, their livelihood is agriculture.

“If we want to reduce poverty and other socio economic issues people face then we need to assist agriculture. So there are huge potentials and opportunities in agriculture.”

Mr Seruiratu said for Fiji to improve agriculture, we will need resources and that will need funding.

“We will need to look at our structure, terms and conditions for employment,” he said.

“We wanted the Prime Minister to be aware of all this because government has a lot of expectations from the Ministry and we have to deliver as well and we are ready for that.”

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