More than 100 thousand households in Fiji engage in agricultural activity such as growing crops, raising livestock, fishing, freshwater aquaculture or marine aquaculture.This was highlighted by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay at the Regional forum workshop on Developing Pacific local, Food crops and Fisheries value chains held at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
Pillay says that not all these households can be classified as farmers, but these statistics show that agriculture activities are still mainstay for many households in Fiji, especially in rural areas.
Pillay shared Fiji’s experience on grappling with a negative agriculture trade balance for some years.
Fiji imports more agriculture products than we export as in 2016, our agriculture trade showed a negative result of 453 million Fijian dollars.
Pillay added that for many farmers in Fiji, the situation is further exacerbated by the fact that they reside in remote areas, such as outer islands and highlands, which lack connection to markets and supply chains due to remoteness and insufficient infrastructure