Graduate farmers from Vivekananda Technical Centre in Nadi have been advised to treat farming as a business.
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu while speaking to the farmers during his recent visit to the Technical Centre, highlighted the importance of working collaboratively as a cluster and partnering with the Government.
“Government can bring the expertise and technology to the farms that are needed to improve the sector but it is advisable to group farmers together and share resources that are available, at the same time it makes the work of Extension Officers easier in coordinating market pathways,” Seruiratu said.
He also urged farmers to diversify, encouraging them to undertake other income generating ventures to complement their farming.
“Farming requires capital, resources and the right skills and this is where we need to work together. The Ministry can provide some assistance on a one third and two third basis; farmers to pay one third and Government to provide two thirds,” he said.
Seruiratu added the Ministry of Agriculture was ready to assist farmers to enhance their ventures.
“We want farmers to take farming seriously; farming as a business and a career. For the growth of any business, you have to re-invest. We are working together targeting the same goal to lift you to the next level,” the Minister said.