Do­nated Ve­hi­cles Boosts Agri­cul­ture Sec­tor

Min­is­ter Seruiratu happy; ac­knowl­edges gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s sup­port to Fiji

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The gov­ern­ment of In­dia do­nated two Mahin­dra ve­hi­cles and two trac­tors worth over $200,000 to the Agri­cul­ture sec­tor at the Koronivia Re­search Sta­tion in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu says he is thank­ful to the gov­ern­ment of In­dia for their tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to Fiji. “I thank and ac­knowl­edge the gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s sup­port to Fiji un­der the bi­lat­eral de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion that was signed in 2006 and has been fur­ther ex­tended for an­other three years. “We are very pleased with this co­op­er­a­tion to fur­ther de­velop a strong part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries through the tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance pro­gramme,” he said. “To­day I am happy to see the new ve­hi­cles added to our fleet which we have waited pa­tiently for.

“The two ve­hi­cles will be used solely for the sheep breed­ing pro­gramme un­der the An­i­mal Health Pro­duc­tion Di­vi­sion and the Fiji Agri­cul­ture Statis­tics Unit that are un­der­tak­ing our sta­tis­ti­cal sur­vey in or­der to es­tab­lish the Min­istry’s much needed agri­cul­ture statis­tics.” In­dian High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Vish­vas Sap­kal said he was happy to be a part of the de­vel­op­ment process in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor of Fiji. “The ma­chin­ery handed over to­day is to help the econ­omy to rise in agri­cul­ture sec­tor as Fiji im­ports and ex­ports var­i­ous food items and veg­eta­bles.

“Agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Fiji is a vi­tal part of the econ­omy and when this type of rev­o­lu­tions comes, nat­u­rally the pro­duc­tion of goods get high which will gen­er­ate bet­ter rev­enue and grow our econ­omy,” Mr Sap­kal said. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

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