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Farmers Will Guarantee Food Security In Fiji: Reddy

We cannot leave our food security in the hands of parties outside Fiji; we must ensure food security is in our control.This was the statement the Minister for Agriculture, Mahendra Reddy, made during the handover ceremony of fencing kits to 12 livestock farmers yesterday.
23 Mar 2022 05:30
Farmers Will Guarantee Food Security In Fiji: Reddy
Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy with Central Division livestock farmers who were recipients of fencing kits at the Ratu Cakobau House in Nausori on March 21, 2022.

We cannot leave our food security in the hands of parties outside Fiji; we must ensure food security is in our control.

This was the statement the Min­ister for Agriculture, Mahendra Reddy, made during the handover ceremony of fencing kits to 12 live­stock farmers on Monday.

Mr Reddy reminded farmers from the Central Division that Fiji was importing $48million worth of livestock meat – only lamb.

 

“We can either raise sheep or goat which is a close substitute to reduce this substantially,” he said.

He said it was farmers in the country who would guarantee Fi­ji’s food security.

“Not Australians and New Zea­landers, our food security can only be guaranteed if our farmers put to good use the resources we have available,” he said.

 

“Some people are complaining about the increase in prices of rice, flour, meat products and veg­etables.”

“But we cannot blame those who are supplying from Australia and New Zealand yet in Fiji you see large pieces of land lying idle.”

“Past and former politicians have misguided landowners, because of that large tracts of good land that were under agriculture before was withdrawn from agriculture.”

 

“They deprived landowners of rental income, injustice to mem­bers of the mataqali and commu­nities.”

He added that agriculture could not be a secondary industry.

“Let’s put agriculture to its right­ful place,” he said.

 

“We got strategic advantage in certain crops and livestock.”

“The labourers will get wages, the household will get income, farmers will get income and the landowners will get rental income.”

 

Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy with Central Division livestock farmer Joji Ramotiqa.

Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy with Central Division livestock farmer Joji Ramotiqa.

“We must take control of the des­tiny of food security in the coun­try.”

The 12 livestock farmers, who re­ceived fencing kits, were remind­ed to make use of the resources provided and be able to grow their livestock farms.

“We want these farmers to grow their livestock farms; we want you to be successful.”

 

Wainibuka livestock farmer, Joji Ramotiqa, said the assistance would greatly benefit him.

He an­ticipated growing his livestock numbers.

“I just started my livestock farm two years ago and I now have 12 sheep in my three-acre farmland,” he said.

 

“With this assistance I will be able to expand the boundaries of my farm and fence them up to be able to get in some more sheep to raise and increase the numbers of my livestock.”

“I have always wanted to do that, but now it will be made easy be­cause I have received help from the Government today.”

 

 

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