Utilizing agricultural grants and assistance as part of Fijian Government’s investment towards the growth of the sector was emphasized to farmers in the Northern Division.

This was relayed by the Minister for Agriculture Development, Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy during an informal talanoa session with rice farmers in Bua earlier this week.

Returns in public sector investment from rice farming had been minimal from surrounding farms within the area.

Farmers were also advised to develop their farms steadily to achieve commercial level status and for this to happen, farmers needed to treat their farming ventures as a business and to effectively contribute to the economy.

The ministry has set strategies to commercialize the rice industry and is working closely with rice farmers throughout the country.

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