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Farmers Urged To Utilise $3million Assistance

The Ministry of Agriculture has approved around $3 million worth of such assistance to farmers all over Fiji through their assistance programmes, farmers were told at the closing of the
25 Jun 2017 16:59
Farmers Urged To Utilise  $3million Assistance
Minister of Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau.

The Ministry of Agriculture has approved around $3 million worth of such assistance to farmers all over Fiji through their assistance programmes, farmers were told at the closing of the Central Division agricultural show on Friday.

Minister of Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau while closing the three day event at Syria Park in Nausori told farmers to make use of the programmes by communicating with their respective agricultural officers to find out more.

“Government through the Ministry of Agriculture also has programmes under its budget that address the production and supply side constraints and other critical areas along the value chain,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“Farmers today, no matter where they are, have access to market opportunities given the presence of the Agriculture Marketing Authority and other buyers that service both the local and export markets.” he said.

“These are exciting times for the agriculture sector in Fiji with the Government giving the sector its full support in its various programmes through the Ministry of Agriculture.

On the importance of the Agriculture Show, Mr Koroilavesau said the event provides local farming communities the opportunity to celebrate achievements and enjoy a break from the day-to-day routine on the farm.

“The added combination of serious competition and light entertainment has made the event a much looked forward to event by the general public in Fiji and the divisional set up is an excellent platform to allow more Fijians around the country to participate in the Show and be recognized for their efforts,” he said.

Mr Koroilavesau also asked the farmers and the general public to be responsible and to support “Climate Smart Agriculture” for the future generations.

“We must do all we can to be responsible in ensuring that our agriculture, forestry and other land use practices are efficient, productive yet environmentally sustainable for our future generations to enjoy.”

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Jitendra Singh said that the show was a success despite the rain on the last day.

“We experienced a lot of visitors in the afternoons on the first and second day,” Mr Singh said.

“Quite a number of students from various schools had also visited the Show and taken part in different activities.

“We now look forward to our Western Agriculture Show which is being planned for October this year.”

 

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