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Agriculture Ministry to revive rice farming in Navua

October 13, 2019 6:48 am

Revitalization of rice farming for the Navua delta will be the next move for the Ministry of Agriculture, Waterways and Environment.

Minister responsible, Dr Mahendra Reddy highlighted this during a tour of farming communities in Navua recently.

Dr Reddy says Navua delta was previously known for rice production but for the last 20 years farmers have moved out of it and basically rice production came to pretty much zero.

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He adds that the Ministry is now working to revive this to have Navua a major rice producer.

Dr Reddy says harvesting three crops a year will also boost nitrogen in the soil and in addition the ministry can push production for dalo, ginger, cassava although one of the major issues was drainage and irrigation support.

The Minister added that the ministry had invested close to half a million dollars in funding for irrigation alone and this has seen a major boost in production of dalo, cassava and ginger.

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