The agriculture sector’s potential can only be realized if a shared common vision to effectively utilize available resources is put into practice.

This
was the message by the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime
Development, Waterways and Environment Hon. Dr. Mahendra Reddy while handing
over 56 fencing material assistance packages to smallholder farmers of Macuata
and Bua earlier this week.

Hon.
Reddy said Fiji imported approximately 85 percent dairy products and was
heavily dependent on imported rice to meet local demands, with vast tracts of
land remaining idle.

“I
urge you all, farmers and land owners, to put your land into good use to raise
the agriculture sector to new heights, whereby agriculture can be the defining
sector for Fiji’s economy.”

Additionally,
Hon. Reddy said farmers needed to treat agriculture as a business, and to
dismiss the conception of the Ministry of Agriculture as a lending institution,
continuously returning to request for more assistance.

“We
really need to pull up our socks and utilize our available resources; that is
why we are here today to give you that startup capital – the fencing material
so that the ten goats or sheep that you have can develop your paddock and
expand your production, “said Hon. Reddy.

“We
want to thank you for your interest in Agriculture, this year is renowned for
livestock farming , Bua is very renowned for livestock farming and we want you
to grow and develop. We are here today to give you this assistance,” he
reiterated to Bua farmers.

Farmers
were advised to use the fencing material in a timely manner to ensure the
development of the livestock sectors.

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