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 Don’t Just Focus On Short-Term Gains At Expense Of The Future, Urges Seruiratu

Development at the expense of our natural environ­ment is irresponsible. This was highlighted by Min­ister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Na­tional Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu. He was speaking
30 Aug 2018 10:00
 Don’t Just Focus On Short-Term Gains At Expense Of The Future, Urges Seruiratu
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu (centre-sitting fourth row) with stakeholders of the symposium in Tuvu, Lautoka on August 29, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Development at the expense of our natural environ­ment is irresponsible.

This was highlighted by Min­ister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Na­tional Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.

He was speaking to members of the two-day symposium organised by the Foundation for Rural Inte­grated Enterprises and Develop­ment (FRIENDS) in Tuvu Lautoka yesterday.

“A lot of people only focus on the economic benefits. It’s all about the money for them,” said Mr Se­ruiratu.

Mr Seruiratu said that develop­ment undeniably comes with a lot of expenses.

“But development at the expense of the environment and the natu­ral resources, that is poor and ir­responsible,” he said.

Mr Seruiratu said that the natu­ral ecosystem should never be compromised.

He said that people tend to un­dertake developments just focus­ing on the short term gains.

“Unfortunately, of all the devel­opments that occur today, we are just only focusing on the short-term gains at the expense of the future,” he said.

Mr Seruiratu said that people should be mindful of their daily actions and the impact it could have on the natural environment.

“Look after the environment and in return, it will provide for the very purpose it was created for,” he said.

He also emphasised on the im­portance of undertaking sustain­able development.

“Greater understanding of sus­tainable agriculture is required especially on the need to pay par­ticular attention to the critical roles played by women, youth, smallholder farmers, pastoral­ists and forest users,” said Mr Se­ruiratu.

He said that sustainable agri­culture had a lot of potential for young men and women, who he claimed would further contribute to a more sustainable economy.

He also urged everyone to prac­tice traditional farming practices.

“There are various solutions to production of healthier and more nutritious food, which need great­er attention and should be pro­moted. This includes traditional farming like crop rotation, mix crop farming and organic farm­ing. Usage of pesticides, weedi­cides and fertilisers are encour­aged to be minimised,” he said.

The symposium ends today.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj

 



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