Im­por­tance of mod­erni­sa­tion in agri­cul­ture sec­tor stressed

Fiji Sun - - Business -

Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture Of­fi­cers have been re­minded that farm­ers are re­ly­ing on them for ideas and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise. Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Inia Seruiratu high­lighted the im­por­tance of mod­erni­sa­tion in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor while ad­dress­ing the staff at the Le­galega Re­search Sta­tion in Nadi the past week. Mr Seruiratu re­minded Agri­cul­ture Of­fi­cers that farm­ers need not to rely on rain wa­ter due to the ir­reg­u­lar weather pat­tern but to come for­ward and seek as­sis­tance from the development which is un­der­go­ing.

“Like­wise for the live­stock farm­ers, if you need ir­ri­ga­tion or the bore hole or the dam let us know now be­cause those are development that we need to do,” he said. “We have talked about mod­erni­sa­tion and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and with­out ir­ri­ga­tion, we will never mod­ernise which is part of the mod­erni­sa­tion process. “Be­cause oth­er­wise we will heav­ily rely on the rain and the ir­reg­u­lar weather pat­tern that we are go­ing through now, we need to have those. That’s the development that I am talk­ing about as we are go­ing through re­cov­ery.”

Mr Seruiratu urged the Agri­cul­ture staff to be vig­i­lant and as­sist the farm­ers on what­ever as­sis­tance they need. “Mod­erni­sa­tion when you look out at the whole value chain, those are the things that you need and if the farm­ers need wa­ter than we must bring wa­ter in what­ever form,” he said. “If they need Agro in­puts than we have to bring Agro in­puts. If they need suck­ers or seedlings and whether it is at the farm gate level, pro­cess­ing level, ex­ports level in all phases and stages of the process, we need to iden­tify what are the en­ablers within those.”

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Inia Seruiratu with field Of­fi­cer from Nadi in­spect­ing the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem use by the farm­ers.

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