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Run Your Farm Like A Business: Acting PM Urges Dairy Farmers

“If you don’t have the financial discipline, you won’t be able to grow your business,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. “That’s the approach we need to take with agriculture. There is money to be made in agriculture.”
08 Dec 2021 12:00
Run Your Farm Like A Business: Acting PM Urges Dairy Farmers
Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Limited chairperson Simon Cole (third from left), Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Company chief executive officer Kushmendra Prasad and guests at the opening of the hub at FCDCL Complex in Manoca, Nausori on December 7, 2021 . Photo: Maraia Vula

Run your farm like a business, the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum urged farmers in the agricultural sector.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comment when he opened a hardware store, supermarket and coffee/eatery house at the Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Limited (FCDCL) complex in Manoca, Nausori, yesterday.

The newly-opened hub includes the Farmlands Supermarket, the adjacent hardware outlet, the Farmers Coffee shop, and the dairy feed mill, where farmers can easily satisfy all their shopping requirements.

 

“If you don’t have the financial discipline, you won’t be able to grow your business,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“That’s the approach we need to take with agriculture.”

“There is money to be made in agriculture.”

The $200,000 investment was part of a diversification plan for the company that began in 2017, said Farm Services manager Maciu Raikoso.

 

Company chairperson, Simon Cole, spoke of the new business systems that the company was introducing to support the dairy farmers in developing increased efficiency.

Company chief executive officer, Kushmendra Prasad said: “While we have designed the centre particularly for our farmers, it is also open to our neighbours in Manoca, where we are located, as well as for friends and customers in and around Nausori.”

 

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the talanoa session with farmers at the FCDCL Complex in Manoca, Nausori on December 7, 2021.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the talanoa session with farmers at the FCDCL Complex in Manoca, Nausori on December 7, 2021.

TALANOA SESSION HIGHLIGHTS DAILY ISSUES WITH FARMERS
Following the opening of the Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Limited hub, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum held a talanoa session along with company stakeholders to listen to the issues pertaining to dairy farmers.

 

Below are some highlights from farmers and responses by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum:
– Bringing heifers from overseas to increase the local dairy production.

In response to this, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that there was nothing stopping farmers from bringing in cattle to grow the industry, however, bearing in mind diseases that an overseas cattle can impose to the industry needed to be looked into closely.

 

– Issue on agricultural land leases.

It was noted that farmers often gave up on farming because the leases were not renewed.

Among other reasons, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was unfortunate that land leases were becoming politicised.

Hence the landowners, ended up losing out because they had opted out of leasing their land.

 

– The general feedback from farmers was also on infrastructure and how it was difficult for them to transport their produce to the company.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum took the names and contact details of farmers adding that those responsible would be in touch with them.

 

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