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Biosecurity Help For Farmers

F ijian farmers now have access to more biosecurity information, thanks to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and the Fiji Crop and
22 Oct 2015 09:38
Biosecurity Help For Farmers
BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Riyaz Khan shakes hands with FCLC Chairman Mr Simone Cole.

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ijian farmers now have access to more biosecurity information, thanks to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC).
The agreement strengthens co-operation between the two agencies and to facilitate trade, develop Fiji’s agricultural sector, enhance food security and protect the country from the entry, establishment and spread of animal and plant pests and diseases.
The MOU was signed by BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan, and FCLC chairman Simon Cole.
Mr Khan said BAF would now have better access to farmers to share information and assist them in biosecurity related matters.
“BAF is aware of the challenges in keeping in touch with the farmers. However, this will no longer be an issue as BAF will now be able to link with farmers through FCLC,” Mr Khan said.
“BAF plays an important role in facilitating trade, accessing niche markets and sustaining the existing markets, hence FCLC will provide a crucial link with BAF to engage with the prospective farmers in order to enhance trade.”
Mr Cole said FCLC would be the conduit of knowledge transfer between BAF and crop and livestock farmers.
“With more than 30,000 farmers in the non-sugar sector Fiji wide, FCLC will bridge the information flow. The BAF-FCLC partnership will enhance FCLC’s ultimate aim – to build sustainable communities through modern and structured agriculture,” he said.
Mr Khan also encouraged FCLC to discuss biosecurity related issues that needs clarification in order to take the agriculture sector forward.

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