Letters To The Editor, 3rd September 2018

President Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi Can Ro Teimumu Kepa explain to the Fi­jian public who elected our 2014 Republic of Fiji President? She was among the handful of Opposi­tion members who
03 Sep 2018 10:32
Letters To The Editor, 3rd September 2018


Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Can Ro Teimumu Kepa explain to the Fi­jian public who elected our 2014 Republic of Fiji President?

She was among the handful of Opposi­tion members who rejected the nomina­tion of our current President, but the de­funct GCC did not have a part in it.

Walkout spirit

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

A person or group who begins to nur­ture a spirit or mentality of walking out when the going gets tough will be called a loser or a bunch of losers by many of us!

The SODELPA MPs’ walkout from the Parliament Special Sitting to Appoint the President is a disgrace and disrespectful, especially when the Opposition NFP MPs did not walk out with them.

The date for the general election is ex­pected to be announced soon with the reappointment of our President and I believe the SODELPA MPs should have stood their ground, presented their case and showed their supporters that despite being outnumbered they would keep fighting to the end!

With the Government majority in Par­liament, we all know that everything discussed or voted in Parliament will go their way.

We are told that the President is allowed by law to serve another three years and I believe all Fijians agree that His Excel­lency has done an excellent job as report­ed in the Fiji Sun of August 30, 2018.

From the SODELPA MP’s walkout, one can assume that they disagree with the Government, the NFP MP’s and the ma­jority of Fijians in the reappointment of our President.

Voters, please do not cast your one vote on leaders with a walkout mentality or spirit!


Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

I fully agree with your reporter Selita Bolanavanua who reported on the above (FS 1/9).

Section 84 of the Constitution is about newly-appointed Presidents, not an ex­tension of appointment.

The Great Council of Chiefs cannot come back as recommended by Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum in his Masters’ thesis “Cultural Autonomy” under the notion that a separate administration is bad for citizenship.

After all lawmaking in Parliament is by the majority.

Global Warming

Neelz Singh, Lami

It is a trending issue.

The whole world has been exploited and the result is carbon emissions, global temperatures, sea levels and other gases are on the rise.

There have been articles published on climate change.

How to combat such a global disaster when hundreds of islands, bigger coun­tries and major continents exist within one Earth is a concern.

Earthquakes are a sign of the planet get­ting hotter in terms of global warming

The volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, flood­ing in Kerala, India, and other climate change effects such as droughts and heat­waves are of major concern.

This is apart from the rise in sea levels.

Global pollution is not only affecting humans, but animals suffer the conse­quences as well.

Nothing is stable, including the solar system.

What can be done?

Imported vegetables

Satish Nakched, Suva

A recent study released, titled “From the farms to the tourist’s table- A study of fresh produce demand from Fiji’s hotels and resorts”, revealed that the country spent a whopping $794 million annually on imported food, including vegetables.

The report also positively stated that the spending could be reduced by $24 million by focusing resources on growing or pro­ducing such food items locally.

It identified the gap in the supply and the demand cycle that could be of great value to the nation if the sector was professionally or systemically managed through expert advice and appropriate resources provided to the farmers.

Chillie planting in the country was once a flourishing business with abundant supplies in the markets and attractive prices.

That has diminished now and we rely on imports to provide for local consumption and that sounds absurd.

The chillies in Fiji can be grown all the year round, but for the best yield the farmers need to target February to March to sow the seeds.

The common varieties such as Hot Rod and Red Fire for export are harvested at green mature stage while Birds Eye should be harvested at colour red stage.

The demand for the export of the chil­lies continues to grow as more people are eating chillies now and there is growing popularity of local chillies as a result of the increasing number of Asian commu­nities residing overseas apart from our local people.

Farmers who produce chillies for the New Zealand market should register their farms under the Bilateral Quality Agreement.

This is to ensure that their produce meets New Zealand quarantine and health requirements.

According to the Food and Agriculture statistics Fiji, which began to compile production data of chillies since 1993, our peak and the best period of growing oc­curred between 2006 and 2009.

It then took a drastic dip and did not re­cover ever since.

I believe that this sector of agricul­ture lacks vision, mission and the value where the farmers can be assisted to take advantage of this cash crop.

Apart from our export quotes we do not have the ability to cater for local con­sumption and recently seen in the super­markets are the vacuum packed frozen chillies imported from the Asian coun­tries.

There is a huge need for the chillies lo­cally and inconsistent methods and ad­vice given by the experts are not making any difference.

It is hurting the local economy.

There is a great variance in the number of days taken for a particular variety to reach maturity.

Some can produce ripe fruit in 60 days from sowing and others take as long as 120 days.

This industry needs to be efficient, reli­able and resilient in its approach in order to adapt and align with the strategies set.

We have an excellent competitive weap­on in our hands, but is botched and is not producing the desired result and allow­ing overseas competitors to survive.

This risk consequences need to be mitigated by improving the productiv­ity aspect and pegging the variance hole through which the competition enters and hurts our agriculture sector.

Planting chillies is not a difficult task at all, but it has to be done in a consistent and organised manner to be commercial­ly viable and the UK will be paying more or less?

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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