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Livestock Body Seek Further Investment

While the Fiji Grazing Livestock Association praises Government’s 2017-2018 National Budget, they say it’s the livestock and crops sectors which could do with some funding. Association president Peni Sigadrou said
06 Jul 2017 10:00
Livestock Body Seek Further Investment
Fiji Grazing Livestock Association President Peni Sigadrou. Photo: Josaia Ralago

While the Fiji Grazing Livestock Association praises Government’s 2017-2018 National Budget, they say it’s the livestock and crops sectors which could do with some funding.

Association president Peni Sigadrou said the Government must understand that there were other agricultural produce which needed more investment because they were performing well in the past.

Mr Sigadrou said yaqona, livestock production, vegetables and so on would welcome investments.

“And we are requesting the Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, and the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, for their consideration in this matter and provide us with the much-needed funding to boost this sector,” he said.

“While sugar is one of our major exports, these other agricultural ventures would provide better support for our economy if the right amount of investment is put in them.

“This is the only area which I feel is lacking funding but other than that, this Budget has made allocations which would benefit the mass. From the increase in social pensioners scheme to the tax exemption of people earning less than $30,000.”

There are over 60,000 members of the association in the country.

Meanwhile, $86.3 million was allocated to the Agriculture Ministry in the 2017-2018 National Budget compared to $74m in last year’s Budget.

The agriculture budget is to support extension services, research product development, policy, planning, statistics and infrastructure improvement with programmes to increase production of items such as cocoa, vanilla and dalo would have a budget of around $12.3m; $2.5m is allocated for farm access roads and agricultural extension services.


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