Crop & Live­stock Coun­cil Ce­ments Agri­cul­ture Ties

Fiji Sun - - Business - SOURCE: FIJI CROP AND LIVE­STOCK COUN­CIL

The Fiji Crop and Live­stock Coun­cil (FCLC) has ce­mented a bond of in­for­ma­tion shar­ing with four re­gional agri­cul­ture or­gan­i­sa­tions through a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing. Coun­cil chair­man Si­mon Cole last week sealed Fiji’s in­volve­ment. The MOU was signed with the Chargé de Mis­sion for the Re­gional Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion for the New Cale­do­nia Cham­ber of Agri­cul­ture, François Ja­piot. With 70 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, New Cale­do­nia pi­lots the net­work and is a model for its Pa­cific part­ners. “This con­cept of farmer as­so­ci­a­tions and com­mod­ity as­so­ci­a­tions is not new to Fiji and we’re cer­tainly not the most ad­vanced in this field. It’s clear that New Cale­do­nia has a lot to of­fer its part­ners,” Mr Cole said.

“In that spirit of co­op­er­a­tion we’ve signed an MOU to unite Fiji, French Poly­ne­sia, Van­u­atu, New Cale­do­nia, and Wal­lis & Fu­tuna. “The whole idea is to share ideas and in­for­ma­tion, im­ple­ment re­gional projects to de­velop tech­ni­cal and eco­nomic ex­changes, and pos­si­bly take on re­gional is­sues such as the pro­tec­tion of kava as a Pa­cific Is­land crop.” Mr Cole is ex­pected to pay the New Cale­do­nia Cham­ber of Agri­cul­ture a cour­tesy visit in June to ob­serve and learn about the sys­tems and struc­tures that has made CANC tick for over a decade. “FCLC hopes to draw on the type of ser­vices the Cham­ber pro­vides, fund­ing mech­a­nisms they have in place, how they in­ter­act with govern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor, even their agri­cul­tural in­surance schemes,” he said. Fur­ther­more, the New Cale­do­nia govern­ment in March do­nated $140,000 to FCLC. The funds will be used to re­ha­bil­i­tate com­mod­ity farm­ers, who were af­fected by Cy­clone Win­ston, and sup­port ini­tia­tives from farmer as­so­ci­a­tions. This op­er­a­tion will be con­ducted in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cham­ber of Agri­cul­ture of New Cale­do­nia.

FCLC chair­man Si­mon Cole (left) seals the deal with a hand shake with François Ja­piot the Chargé de Mis­sion for the Re­gional Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion for the New Cale­do­nia Cham­ber of Agri­cul­ture.

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