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Ministry Backs Up Farmers: Waibuta

  The Ministry of Agriculture will support and facilitate farmers in terms of food security, economic programme including income generating activities. Agriculture Permanent Secretary Uraia Waibuta said farmers should not
04 Mar 2016 12:27
Ministry Backs Up Farmers: Waibuta
Uraia Waibuta.

 

The Ministry of Agriculture will support and facilitate farmers in terms of food security, economic programme including income generating activities.

Agriculture Permanent Secretary Uraia Waibuta said farmers should not be carried away with selling after what happened on February 20 as cyclone Winston took its toll.

“I just wish to encourage our farmers to continue what they do best and to continue to till the land, to plant and to feed the people.

“As there has been an extensive damage and by next month there will be no dalo, cassava or vegetables sold in Suva market.

“Rourou with 10-15 stalks will be $2 then will increase to $3 to $4.

“The consumers who are at the end of the chain as they wait for the produce which is prepared from the farmers as we have been feeding those families.

“Before we think about selling we have to think to improve the rebuilding phase to improve the livestock and soil usage as stressed by the Ministry of Agriculture.

“I know we have been devastated but we need as fast as we could to stock up and supply the chain of produce as fast as we can.

“We are risk takers we need to move things around and move forward,” Mr Waibuta said.

“We will give chainsaws to be used. However we won’t be able assist the new farmers but will assist those that have been in the planting. In the coming two months we should be bearing produce from the harvest.”

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