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Agriculture Key To The Future, Says Konrote

Government is committed to keeping the agriculture at the helm of Fiji’s drive towards a sustainable, economical and profitable future. And with this is the new incentive and project by
09 Nov 2017 13:39
Agriculture Key To The Future, Says Konrote

Government is committed to keeping the agriculture at the helm of Fiji’s drive towards a sustainable, economical and profitable future.

And with this is the new incentive and project by government in partnership with Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in designing something to sustain the farmers in Fiji especially when natural disasters leave them permanent and devastating effects.

These were the comments made by the President Major General (Ret’d) Joji Konrote while opening the Western Division’s annual Agriculture Show in Koroivolu Park, Nadi yesterday.

“Although Government always steps in to rehabilitate the agriculture sector in the aftermath of a natural disaster, the losses that farmers accrue are usually substantial, and mostly permanent,” Mr Konrote said.

“I am therefore pleased to note that Government is working with the Food and Agriculture Organisation in designing a crop insurance scheme for the agriculture sector. 

This will provide an opportunity for insured farmers to recover the value of their damaged crops, and improve their farm rehabilitation programme.

“Agriculture will remain an important and significant player in our national development and in Government’s efforts to strengthen our economic growth.

“This will also help ensure that the national wealth is fairly distributed, and employment opportunities made available to a wide cross section of our communities,” he said.

Mr Konrote also said that the West provided one of the most valuable links to Fiji’s agriculture sector.

“The Western Division, as we are all aware, is home to the majority of hotel chains in Fiji. And there are strong linkages between the hotel industry and the agriculture sector,” he said. 

“The increase in tourist arrivals is opening up market opportunities for locally grown agriculture produce. This is an opportunity that farmers in the West can take advantage of by using platforms like the agriculture show as the basis of your farming ventures and future partnerships with tourist service providers.

“The Western division is also home to Fiji’s ‘Salad Bowl’ located at Sigatoka where much of the produce sold in markets in Suva right through to Lautoka are sourced.

“The Western Division is also the backbone of our agriculture domestic export producing commodities. And there are more opportunities for crop and livestock production in the division,” he added.

Mr Konrote also applauded the theme for the show which is ‘Climate Smart Agriculture for Fiji’ which he said was apt and timely.

“Climate smart agriculture has three main objectives in sustainably increasing agriculture productivity and income, building resilience to climate change and reducing green-house gas emissions where possible,” he said.

“As we speak, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is now the President of COP23, the Attorney-General and Minister for Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Minister for Agriculture and Climate Change Champion Inia Seruiratu, are all in Germany where they are leading the negotiations to fully implement the Paris Agreement.

“I urge the nation to rally in support of their efforts and especially our calls to the world to unite and act responsibly to combat climate change,” said Mr Konrote.

The show opens from 10am to 8pm. It will end tomorrow.



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