Six tractors with disc plow implements were handed over by the Taipei Trade Office to the Ministry of Agriculture to assist newly registered farmers cooperatives.

Ministry of Agriculture Head of Operations, Dr Vinesh Kumar thanked the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the donations worth $FJD90k.

“We thank you for this timely assistance that will not only complement our work but at the same time, greatly assist the farmers in expanding production through use of farm machinery and technology,” he said.

Dr Kumar said the tractors would be given to six newly registered farmer cooperatives, which would result in higher productivity on their farms, reducing costs and boosting efficiencies. “I must also thank
the Department of Cooperatives for working closely with us on this initiative.

The tractors will be distributed to farmer cooperatives in the Central, Western and Northern Divisions.”

“The tractors will not only be used by members of the cooperative but also those in those community who may wish to use it at a discounted cost,” he said.

Deputy Director of the Taipei Trade Office in Fiji, Mr. Filipe Hu said they were concerned about the impact of climate change and the coronavirus epidemic on Fiji especially the threats to farmer’s lives and food security.

“The government of Republic of China (Taiwan) and Fiji enjoy a long-term agricultural cooperation relationship. Taiwan is willing to donate these machineries to support the Ministry’s Agricultural Machinery Co-operative Associations project,” he said.

Deputy Director of the Taipei Trade Office in Fiji, Mr. Filipe Hu said they were concerned about the impact of climate change and the coronavirus epidemic on Fiji especially the threats to farmer’s lives and food security.

“The government of Republic of China (Taiwan) and Fiji enjoy a long-term agricultural cooperation relationship. Taiwan is willing to donate these machineries to support the Ministry’s Agricultural Machinery Co-operative Associations project,” he said.

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