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Ministry Supports ‘Rooted in Nature’ Programme

‘It is consistency of supply and maintaining  quality of produce’ The Ministry of Agriculture will support initiatives by the tourism sectors in a bid to support rural community livelihood sustainability.
01 Nov 2015 10:30
Ministry Supports ‘Rooted in Nature’ Programme
Shangri-La resort and Spa general manager Craig Powell with the suppliers during the launch on Thursday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

‘It is consistency of supply and maintaining  quality of produce’

The Ministry of Agriculture will support initiatives by the tourism sectors in a bid to support rural community livelihood sustainability.

Director crop extension services Jone Sovalawa made these comments during the launch of the ‘Rooted in Nature’ initiative at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa last Thursday.

“The Ministry of Agriculture fully supports the initiatives by the sector that drives to elevate the sustainable production of our farmers and linking these to the market or to a sustainable market,” he said.

Mr Sovalawa said Rooted in Nature concept has been around for years but not in a prominent way.

“Rooted in Nature simply connects to our natural resources, its production, capacity, the rural community livelihood sustainability and our environment.

“This participatory and guaranteed system, which is a private sector initiative, has the support of our ministry.”

He commended the numerous groups or cluster of farmers that are willing to supply to the resorts.

However Mr Sovalawa said one of the country’s biggest challenges lay in dealing with the growers.

“It is the consistency of supply and to maintain the quality of produce that is demanded by the tourism industry. Our people are ready to assist and we have the resources for this,” Mr Sovalawa said.

“Apart from food security one of the ministry and Government’s concerns is the importance of food, livestock items that can be grown locally. We have the environment and the resource.”

Mr Sovalawa said despite the challenges in place they were working hard to address these through research stations which were tasked to come up with resilient varieties and best varieties of acceptable shapes and sizes.

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