The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council has helped develop the industry, with a greater emphasis on the business end of farming.
Chairman Simon Cole says that today – there are 13 commodity associations that comprise FCLC, including Pigs, Yaqona, Grazing Livestock, Dalo, Cocoa, Ginger, Rice, Beekeepers, Fruits and Vegetable, Organics, Copra, and the Fiji Food Exporter Association.
Cole said that FCLC responded to the mandate, by establishing commodity associations, to act as the apex forum for advocacy and information exchange in agriculture – especially with Government, towards improved income for farmers.
Of the approximate 60,000 non-sugar sector farmers – 35,000 are now registered to FCLC.
Apart from its work in registering farms into commodities all over Fiji, it has also addressed a number of issues that affect agriculture, like bio-security, seed importation, the achievement of a duty reduction on many imported agricultural inputs and equipment, progress on a milk purchase agreement, fertiliser subsidies – as well as organizing a number of workshops on farmer issues.