Government resources have been utilized to ensure improved rice production and boost agriculture development.  

This was shared by the Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy to rice farmers of Vuniyalayala, Vunicuicui in Macuata and Tausa in Bua while handing over their hand-held tractors.  

He highlighted that it was Government’s responsibility to provide the necessary equipment and infrastructure to boost agriculture development.

“We have invested a lot of money in this area in terms of the drainage scheme, farm roads, machinery, and technical support, and we expect an increase in rice production,” Reddy said.  

“This is a designated rice area and we are investing a lot of money to maintain the scheme and we expect major returns.”  

“You must take ownership of this equipment and ensure that it is in good working conditions to last 10 to 15 years, therefore you must look after its maintenance and repair,” he said.  

Speaking on behalf of the Vuniyalayala and Vunicuicui rice farmers, Mukesh Chand thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for the continued support rendered by the Government in uplifting the standard of farming in the area.  

“We’re very appreciative of the efforts put in by the Ministry of Agriculture to support our farming groups and we believe the assistance handed over here today will surely benefit the 25 farmers within the area,” said Mr. Chand.

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