Min­is­ter proposes clus­ter farm­ing as way for­ward

Fiji Sun - - Business -

Clus­tered farm­ing is the best way for­ward for the ru­ral agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment, be­lieves Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Inia Seruiratu. Mr Seruiratu made these com­ments dur­ing his tour in Nadi re­cently and stressed work­ing in iso­la­tion had not achieved the de­sired re­sults for years. “Farm­ers need to work to­gether and plant in an or­gan­ised man­ner for spe­cific mar­kets that have been in­den­ti­fied,’’ he said. “This will help in pro­duc­tion and also con­trib­ute to the value chain from land prepa­ra­tion, plant­ing, har­vest­ing and mar­ket­ing. “We sup­port this type of farm­ing and urge farm­ers to vig­or­ously pur­sue in­te­grated agri­cul­ture prac­tices.” Mr Seruiratu added that Unik Trop­i­cal Ex­port has iden­ti­fied the mar­kets but get­ting the farm­ers to­gether to sup­ply for the mar­ket and main­tain con­sis­tency is very im­por­tant. UNIK Trop­i­cal Ex­port di­rec­tor and man­ager, Dhiren­dra Nath, said he had al­ready iden­ti­fied farm­ers who will sup­ply him with veg­eta­bles and crops to be ex­ported in­clud­ing the lo­cal mar­kets. Mr Nath said he will work closely with these farm­ers to get the best pro­duce across. Also to main­tain con­sis­tency in the long run. He added he has also vis­ited farm­ers and vil­lages who have land to work with him in toil­ing the soil and earn a good liv­ing.

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