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 Hon. 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,” Hon. 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.

Hon. Reddy again
reiterated the Government’s stance on commercial agriculture as the most
viable option to advance the growth of the sector.

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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