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Food And Agri Body Boosts Ministry

  The Food and Agriculture Organisation has boosted the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the Pro-Resilient Fiji Project. This week, the organisation handed over $26,000 worth of equipment to
24 Nov 2018 10:00
Food And Agri Body Boosts Ministry
From left: Philippe Martins, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), David Kolitagane and Christoph Wagner of EU Delegation in Fiji.

 

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has boosted the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the Pro-Resilient Fiji Project.

This week, the organisation handed over $26,000 worth of equipment to the ministry, which were 50 tablets in total.

The Pro-Resilient Fiji Project, which was launched in May this year, is funded by the European Union Delegation in Fiji and implemented in drought-prone areas.

Team leader of the Pro-Resilient Fiji Project Philippe Martins said: “These tablets will support the Government of Fiji in restoring the livelihoods of El Nino affected Fijian farmers while building their long-term resilience to climate change.”

He added the impact of the recent droughts during the dry season in 2018 highlighted Fiji’s vulnerability to El Nino and the challenges faced by farmers because of those droughts.

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture David Kolitagane said the equipment would assist in real time data assessment and vulnerability monitoring programmes in areas that are impacted by dry spells.

“The equipment will also complement the development of the information management tools for disaster risk assessment for preparedness, response and recovery with the focus on communication and dissemination of information during emergency phases,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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