Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu opened the Nadi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Indian High Commission’s second business forum in Nadi.
Seruiratu says Nadi continues to play a major role towards economic growth and needed more investments from large businesses and corporations.
“The reality in Fiji is that most of our farmers are involved in subsistence farming, but it’s a sector that needs a lot of capital”, Seruiratu says.
The Minister adds more technology and best practices were necessary, particularly to combat harsh conditions such as the dry season.
Minister for Forests, Osea Naiqamu also attended the business forum.
“My ministry has been putting all efforts in conserving and protecting the upper Nadi Watershed through strict issuance of forest harvesting license on all native forests and plantations in the Nadi Basin,” he said.
Naiqamu said the enforcement of the Fiji Forest Harvesting Code of Practice would be strengthened with Governments allocated budget of $3.75 million in the harvesting areas.
“The environmental systems will be managed for soil and biodiversity protection as well as water systems through strict implementation of the Harvesting Code.”
Among its programs, the Ministry of Forests continues to work closely with the United Nations Development Program and Environment Ministry on Ridge to Reef, a global environment facility project work almost USD $3 million.