In a bid to improve rice production in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture today launched a rice planting initiative with the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

Officiating at the event, Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy highlighted that FSC has more than 12, 000 farmers who would be able to assist in rice production in the country if they were provided with rice plants.

This initiative, the Minister said would reduce the importation of rice and would boost the Fijian economy.

Minister Reddy handed over 5tonnes of rice paddy seeds to FSC which will be distributed to 163 sugarcane farmers.

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