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President Thanks China For Rice Growth Support

  The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote has thanked the government of China for their help and support to increase rice production in Fiji. Currently, there are six personnel from
13 Jul 2016 07:46
President Thanks China For Rice Growth Support
Chinese ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping (left) and President , Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote are directed how that rice machine is used . Photo: Shahani Mala

 

The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote has thanked the government of China for their help and support to increase rice production in Fiji.

Currently, there are six personnel from China under the China Aid Rice Programme to help rice farmers use technology and train the local staff and farmers in modern rice production.

President Konrote said the Government aims for us to be self-sufficient in providing our own rice.

“That would cut back on the import bill and it has to do with food security.”

President Konrote visited the Koronivia Research Station rice farm with the Chinese ambassador Zhang Ping yesterday.

Koronivia Research Station, senior research officer Penaia Mau said the China-Aided Agriculture Development Project on Vanua Levu and Koronivia commenced on January 1, 2015 and is scheduled to end on December 31, 2016.

The experts from the Chinese government are working with the Ministry of Agriculture.

“They have conducted rice breeding, high-yield rice cultivation demonstration, technology promotion and technical training and other important rice activities,” Mr Mau said.

Mr Mau said they had made tremendous achievements through Chinese expertise to date.

“Total of 1600 technicians, researchers, farmers and students are trained in rice breeding and selection.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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