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Agriculture Show Provides Platform

The 2015 Northern Agriculture Show has provided a platform for the Northerners to look forward to projects the ministry would focus on this year. These were the comments of Principle
08 Jul 2015 12:30
Agriculture Show Provides Platform
Seaqaqa women part at the 2015 Northern Agriculture Show. Photo:Peni Drauna

The 2015 Northern Agriculture Show has provided a platform for the Northerners to look forward to projects the ministry would focus on this year.

These were the comments of Principle Agriculture Officer Northern John Cox during an interview in Labasa yesterday.

Mr Cox said agriculture was important and the focus of the show was to demonstrate the diversity and richness of the sector.

“Agriculture reflects the economy and everybody benefits from it,” he said.

He said this was through the collective efforts of farmers, stakeholders, NGO’s and business stakeholders.

“Our environment has changed, we continue to change and we need to be proactive to the changes.” Mr Cox said.

He noted that several projects are already planned for the North.

“We have the coconut development programme, rice revitalisation, cocoa, vanilla and copra.”

Mr Cox said the ministry was currently looking upgrading crops that thrive properly in the Northern division and they want to improve on those crops.

 

Products on display

Meanwhile at the show, there were displays of various agricultural items from vegetables, root crops, virgin oils, seaweed items as well as florist’s displays.

Students from various schools will attend the show today.

Farmer Jamuna Prasad said the show in Labasa provided a good opportunity for their business to grow financially.

“We sold green vegetables, pawpaw, tomatoes, ginger, cabbage and pumpkin which were freshly hand-picked from our own farms,” he said.

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