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Let’s Get it on with Climate Change Smart Project

The Ministry of Agriculture has started advocating for communities to have agriculture nurseries throughout the country to promote climate change smart farming. North Principal Agricultural Officer Paula Tuione said nurseries
29 Dec 2017 10:31
Let’s Get it on with Climate Change Smart Project
Assistant Minister of Agriculture Viam Pillay after opening the Qelewaqa Agriculture Nursery. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

The Ministry of Agriculture has started advocating for communities to have agriculture nurseries throughout the country to promote climate change smart farming.

North Principal Agricultural Officer Paula Tuione said nurseries would make sure farming communities have improved varieties of vegetables and crops.

He said the reality of climate change could also be felt by farmers.

“Nurseries provide healthy plant seedlings which also make sure that food and revenue of farmers are sustained,” he said.

“Climate change is a global issue and this is one of the concepts to address the issue as it affects the agricultural sector.

“Concept involves the growing of crops and vegetables in a conducive environment to ensure production is not affected and most important food sources are maintained.”

Mr Tuione said there were about 20 nurseries that were fully operational in communities and villages around the North.

“This concept has been replicated across the country and we are also teaching farmers how to raise seedlings with better farming practices,” he said.

“We are also teaching farmers to farm sustainably.

“We currently have rice, dalo, vegetables and yaqona farming clusters here in the North.”

While opening the Qelewaqa agriculture nursery this month, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Viam Pillay said the nursery would also make sure farmers had improved varieties of vegetables and other crops.

“Nurseries are good practices for all farmers as it is sustainable farming and farmers can make business or revenue out of it,” he said.

“I encourage all farmers to practice this as you’ll see the beneficiary from it.”

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