CALLS MADE FOR MORE IN­VEST­MENT IN AGRI SEC­TOR, RE­DUCE NAT­U­RAL RISKS

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The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture has called on more in­vest­ments in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor that will help re­duce nat­u­ral dis­as­ter risks. Prin­ci­pal Agri­cul­ture Of­fi­cer Vi­nesh Ku­mar was speak­ing at the In­ter­na­tional Symposium on Re­new­able En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change at the Tanoa In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Nadi on Wed­nes­day. In do­ing so, he said the ur­gency to scale up cli­mate ac­tions in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor was greater than ever. He said while cli­mate change was ev­i­dently af­fect­ing the sec­tor, it was vi­tal for in­vest­ment to take place. “Land degra­da­tion and de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion with pro­jected in­crease in ex­tremely high daily tem­per­a­ture and more se­vere drought con­di­tions, land degra­da­tion will es­ca­late and dry lands will be more prone to de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion. “It’s al­ready ev­i­dent in parts of Tavua, Nadi and Raki­raki.”

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