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China to assist in Fiji's rice industry

September 4, 2012 7:21 pm

China is looking at ways to assist Fiji in its rice revitalization program.

A high level delegation from China was in the country for the past two weeks scrutinizing Fiji’s rice industry.

Senior Agriculture Officer Rice – Jone Matawalu says a major problem faced by rice farmers in the north is the lack of laborers and proper machinery.

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Matawalu says the delegation has indicated that they will look into bringing appropriate machinery to help farmers overcome this problem.

Due to high production costs local rice is sold at a higher price than the imported rice.

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