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Working With China To Grow Our Rice Industry

The Ministry of Agriculture in an ef­fort to strengthen Fiji’s Rice Indus­try recently signed a contract with the Yuan Longping High – Tech Agricul­ture Company Limited of China to contin­ue
26 Oct 2018 11:00
Working With China To Grow Our Rice Industry
Economic and Commercial Councillor from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Li Zhi and the Ministry of Agriculture's deputy secretary (Agriculture Development) Jone Sovalawa. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Ministry of Agriculture in an ef­fort to strengthen Fiji’s Rice Indus­try recently signed a contract with the Yuan Longping High – Tech Agricul­ture Company Limited of China to contin­ue with the second phase of the rice project between the two countries.

As part of the contract a number of Chi­nese Rice Experts specialising in different fields will work closely with agriculture of­ficials in Fiji which will see planting experi­ment and promotion of high quality hybrid rice varieties from China.

Ministry of Agriculture’s deputy secre­tary (Agriculture Development) Jone Soval­awa, while signing the contract, thanked the Government of the People’s Republic of China in regards to the past assistance and cordial relationship between the two countries especially to the Ministry of Ag­riculture in relation to rice development and capacity building program over the last five years.

Mr Sovalawa said the Ministry of Agricul­ture was ready to work together with the Chinese team to ensure the rice production is increased and expanded to potential rice growing areas in Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.

During Phase II of the project, a special­ised Machinery Expert would also be part of the team who will look into the issues in regards to machinery repairs and availabil­ity of spare parts.

It is also expected that seed quality system would be established and also provide agro inputs/spare parts and technical services to the Fiji National Rice Breeding Laboratory.

Mr Sovalawa said that two new hybrid rice varieties will also be introduced which will assist in maximising rice production.

“I look forward to a successful partnership between the Chinese experts and Ministry of Agriculture rice team in lifting Fiji’s rice sector to a new level,” he said.

Fiji continues to import about $40 million worth of rice every year and Ministry of Agriculture is fully confident that coop­eration like this will assist in the increased rice production in Fiji.

Source: DEPTFO News

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