Minister proposes cluster farming as way forward
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.