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Government, FNU Seal Co-Operation On Agri Development

Issues of Agriculture cannot be addressed in isolation but through collaboration between government and universities. This was the statement made by the Minister of Agriculture Ma­hendra Reddy while officiating the
27 Nov 2018 11:00
Government, FNU  Seal Co-Operation  On Agri Development
Mahendra Reddy

Issues of Agriculture cannot be addressed in isolation but through collaboration between government and universities.

This was the statement made by the Minister of Agriculture Ma­hendra Reddy while officiating the statement of cooperation between the Fiji National University, Col­lege of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) yesterday.

Mr Reddy said they will work with FNU- CAFF to develop our agricul­ture sector through research and innovation, provide policy recom­mendations and strategic direction to better Fijian agriculture sector.

Mr Reddy added issues of Agri­culture cannot be addressed in iso­lation and this collaboration will help further develop the agricul­ture sector in Fiji.

“This cooperation should carve the path to overcome the complex challenges that our agriculture sector faces and recommend trans­formative actions to overcome them,” Mr Reddy said.

“It is in our national interest that we utilize the wealth of collective wisdom and expertise in various facets of agriculture at our na­tional University to invigorate our agriculture sector.

“We need further research and development and FNU is the best place institution to provide tech­nical support and much-needed research to bolster our agriculture sector.”

FNU College of Agriculture, Fish­eries and Forestry Dean Professor Paul A. Iji believe that this is a far-cry from the potential contribution that the sector can make to the na­tional economy.

Mr Iji added Fiji should be the net exporter, rather than an importer of food and agriculture goods.

“FNU possess expertise across this broad range of fields, and we have reached out to the ministries responsible for managing the agri­culture industries,” Mr Iji said.

“We welcome the spirit of coop­eration with the Ministry of Ag­riculture and are open to similar engagement with stakeholders that are responsible for agriculture de­velopment in Fiji.”

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