10,000 new mem­bers for Fiji Crop and Live­stock Coun­cil

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The Fiji Crop and Live­stock Coun­cil (FCLC) has reg­is­tered 10,000 crop and live­stock farm­ers as new mem­bers with the help of the Pa­cific Com­mu­nity (SPC).

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, Jiu Dau­ni­valu, said this means they now have ac­cess to these farm­ers through SMS (Short Mes­sage Ser­vice) us­ing their mo­bile phones. “We will be able to now share in­for­ma­tion such as mar­ket prices, ex­pert agri­cul­tural in­for­ma­tion, real-time data sup­port, even the weather,” he said. The ef­forts have been funded by EU and im­ple­mented through SPC’s Pa­cific Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy Progamme (PAPP). The sig­nif­i­cant mem­ber­ship in­crease was made pos­si­ble through the en­gage­ment of five in­tern grad­u­ates who worked out of the FCLC of­fices over a three-month pe­riod in building the reg­is­tra­tion num­bers. “As we con­tinue to grow, the shar­ing of ex­per­tise is a ma­jor ben­e­fit to FCLC and we are grate­ful to SPC and EU for their con­tin­u­ing sup­port,” Mr Dau­ni­valu said. Com­ment­ing on the suc­cess of the PAPP ini­tia­tive, Vili Can­iogo, Ad­vi­sor for SPC’s Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy Pro­gramme en­dorsed the reg­is­tra­tion process and said that the use of mo­bile phones in ad­dress­ing chal­lenges to agri­cul­ture was now a nor­mal global prac­tice. Coun­cil chair­man, Si­mon Cole, said this was another in­di­ca­tion of the grow­ing strength of the Coun­cil and its com­mit­ment to help 60,000 non-su­gar sec­tor farm­ers here.

From left: Cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of the SPC PAPP ini­tia­tive are Vil Can­iogo, Ad­vi­sor for SPC’s Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy Pro­gramme, Pau­liasi Tuilau, and Jiu Dau­ni­valu, CEO of FCLC.

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