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Agriculture Ministry to strengthen its programs

April 14, 2019 6:51 am

To address the inconsistency of dalo production in Fiji, the Ministry will strengthen its program on improving the soil fertility status in dalo growing areas.

Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says this will be achieved through the use of mucuna fallow crop which will improve soil fertility, introduction of agro-forestry, use of poultry manure and the application of phosphorous and potassium fertilizers.

Dr Reddy says the ministry will actively encourage the implementation of irrigated dalo production systems during dry months and would strengthen advisory technical support services to lift production.

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He says plans are also in place to strengthen private-public partnership with industry stakeholders for improved coordination to establish effective market access for the farmers.

He adds there is an urgent need to boost our export market so that we can generate enough foreign revenue which is critical for the economy, which will also contribute to the development of the sector as well.

 

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