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Agriculture Minister On Central Division Tour

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu is touring the Central Division this week. Mr Seruiratu is accompanied by the
05 Jan 2018 10:38
Agriculture Minister On Central Division Tour
Women Cleaning dalo at Bens Trading Ltd in Navua. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu is touring the Central Division this week.

Mr Seruiratu is accompanied by the senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture.

During his three-day visit, Mr Seruiratu will be briefed on agriculture developments taking place in the Central Division including meeting with farmers, exporters and processors.

His visit to exporters yesterday, Mr Seruiratu said the purpose of the visit was to identify problems faced by exporters in the country and increase the number of suppliers on the ground to enable them to meet the market demand.

The visit to Navua included exporters such as Ben’s Trading Limited, Kaiming Agro Processing Limited, JMO and Sai Yee Foods Industries Limited in Lami.

With regards to the Ministry’s role in export production, Mr Seruiratu highlighted the importance of exporters’ contribution and the linkage between suppliers and exporters.

“We want to make changes to farmers’ exposure towards international markets and enable them to move from subsistence to commercial farming as there is market for potential commodities.

Hence the need to consult markets first before organising production towards consistency in supply,” Mr Seruiratu said.

Mr Seruiratu will also be visiting farmers in Tailevu and Naitasiri Province next.

The Central Division Tour will conclude today.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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