The role of exporters in the agriculture sector is an integral one as the need to provide markets to farmers and ago-producers is critical.

This was relayed by Minister for Agriculture Dr. Mahendra Reddy when meeting exporters in Nadi, yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture Dr. Mahendra Reddy said there should be market signals to farmers that their produce will be purchased.

“As exporters, you are a market and I urge you to provide markets to our farmers, there should be market signals to them that their produce will be purchased.

Emphasizing the target is on making the agriculture sector become the leading sector of the economy.

“The AMA is not here to compete with exporters, we are here to grow the sector and to make agriculture the backbone of the economy but we need to grow together and bring foreign exchange to the country,” said Hon. Reddy.

Dr Reddy reminded ago-exporters to practice good ethical standards when dealing with farmers while buying their produce for the export market.

The Ministry of Agriculture will work with Bio security Authority of Fiji to open new pathways to better service.

The Ministry hopes that exporters would ultimately be inspired to generate maxi-mum agricultural returns.

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