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Fiji Embarcing E-Agriculture Development Strategy

Fiji is among the few countries in the world that is developing its national E-agriculture Strategy with technical assistance from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the
01 Jul 2016 10:38
Fiji Embarcing E-Agriculture Development Strategy
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji is among the few countries in the world that is developing its national E-agriculture Strategy with technical assistance from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu while opening the Stakeholders meeting in developing Fiji’s first E-agriculture strategy yesterday said there are many challenges that impede deployment of appropriate Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for agriculture development on a large scale.

“A national e-agriculture strategy will help identify and address some of the challenges in a comprehensive manner and help Fiji leverage the best outcomes from emerging and innovative technologies,” Minister Seruiratu said.

Minister Seruiratu added that challenges borne by climate change are such that we need to pursue knowledge and technologies on climate smart agriculture.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Fiji 2020 Agricultural Sector Policy Agenda compliments the National Green Growth Framework to which the Fiji E-agriculture strategy is aligned to.

“Once the national E-agriculture strategy for Fiji is accepted as a national document, it would pave the way for the implementation of sustainable ICT solutions to benefit the agriculture sector and the people of Fiji.”

E-agriculture is an emerging field referring to agricultural services, technology dissemination and information delivered through the internet or related technologies.

In the next few months, consultations with stakeholders would focus on developing a vision, action plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework.

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Source: DEPFTO News

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