The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, David Kolitagane signed a Grant Agreement on the Hand Tractors with the Republic of Indonesia at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Raiwaqa yesterday.
Kolitagane during the signing of FDJ $773,000 Grant Agreement reassured that this collaboration will further strengthen Fiji’s Agricultural cooperation with the Republic of Indonesia.
“I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Government of Indonesia for the kind support in the development of the agriculture sector in Fiji,” he said.
“The signing of the Grant Agreement today is a very significant event for both Fiji and Indonesia as its intention are to further strengthen this cooperation between the two countries and to implement some key areas of agricultural cooperation,” he said.
The Grant Agreement is a follow up on the implementation of some areas of agricultural cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in Jakarta last year.
“This Grant Agreement is to arrange the granting of hand tractors from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to the Ministry of Agriculture Fiji,” he said.
“These hand tractors will be distributed to farmers from around the country to improve production of targeted crops like rice and vegetables, this is in line with the Ministry’s modernization strategy and mechanization programme,” said Kolitagane.
The Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia Syukur Iwantoro said grant assistance will help strengthen the link between Indonesia and Fiji in terms of Agriculture.
“Indonesia fully supports the initiative to develop Fiji’s mechanization and modernization strategy and we will continue to show our support towards Fiji’s agriculture sector and sustain the relationship between the two countries,” he said.
“The establishment of the Joint Agriculture Working Group is important as it is the medium for both parties to plan and monitor the implementation of activities and to discuss various issues concerning Agriculture developments for both countries,” he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia will jointly engage in the procurement of the hand tractors from Indonesia including shipment, storage and discharge, assembling and training for the user and will undertake monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Agreement until its completion.