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Minister Urges Farmers To Apply For Government Programmes

“These programmes will help farmers deal with the costs of stabilising markets post pandemic, cushion the effects of the Russian and Ukrainian conflicts, raising farm outputs and boosting exports,” he said.
05 Aug 2022 17:45
Minister Urges Farmers To Apply For Government Programmes
Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy with stakeholders at the launch in Legalega, Nadi on August 4, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Minister for Agriculture Mahendra Reddy is encouraging farmers, agribusiness owners, and agro exporters to apply for the 27
programmes assistance.

He revealed this during the launch of the 2022-2023 Commercial Agriculture Development Programme yesterday. He also opened an online application portal at the Legalega research station  in Nadi.

Mr Reddy reaffirmed that the Ministry of Agriculture would provide up to $29.2 million directly to support farmers.

“These programmes will help farmers deal with the costs of stabilising markets post pandemic, cushion the effects of the Russian and Ukrainian conflicts, raising farm outputs and boosting exports,” he said.

“This is the largest post-production, supply, and export package ever. Together, let’s grow our Fijian Agriculture sector beyond.”

 

The support provided is divided into two categories:

(i) For individuals who have never received MOA assistance before and;

(ii) For those who have received assistance in the past and have established themselves well, can now expand the farming businesses even further.

Mr Reddy said that from August 4, 27 programmes would be advertised online. It will open until August 31.

The information on the initiatives can be electronically accessed on the Ministry of Agriculture website.

 

ASSISTANCE

  • Small Farming and Agro Processing Equipment n Irrigation kit support.
  • Fencing kit support – Beef Cattle Farms n Fencing Kit Support – Sheep Farms n Fencing Kit Support – Goat Farms
  • Hydroponics Farming System Support
  • Fruit Tree Orchards n Equity Support to Agro Exporters and Processors
  • Women in Agriculture Program
  • Small Holder Dairy Support
  • Piggery Pan Package Support
  • Poultry Shed package support
  • Land Preparation Facility for Young Commercial Farmers
  • Provision of farm machinery power via outsourcing
  • Farm Shed Establishment Package
  • Commercial Yaqona Farm Equipment Initiative
  • Support for boreholes
  • Support for beef stock yards
  • Goat rearing package n Draught Animal Initiative (Horse Haslee/Collar)
  • Sheep Shed Package
  • Goat Shed package
  • Commercial Famers Equity Package
  • Home Biogas Digester Equipment
  • Support for pig farrowing crates
  • Farm mechanization
  • Organic Farm Development

 

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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