Fiji launches first ever Agriculture Policy
August 2, 2014 1:04 am
Fiji’s first ever Agriculture Policy – a 5 year development plan to modernize the agriculture industry and make farmers successful – was launched by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night.
Bainimarama says the policy lays out his Government’s 21st –century vision for Fiji’s agriculture sector.
The 2020 Agriculture Policy incorporates hard-learned lessons from other developing countries around the world, focuses on new technology, and offers creative incentives to our local farmers, as well as larger agro-processors, that will launch Fiji’s agriculture industry into the next generation.
Naturally, one of its key focuses is on ways Fiji can attract more local and international investment in agriculture, which is essential for growth and development in the industry. Related to this, of course, is an emphasis on encouraging younger Fijians to take up farming as a profession by showing them that it can offer solid career prospects.
He adds, farming today is a highly specialized skill and farmers need the proper training and assistance in order to do the job they’re expected to do and to achieve the results they’re hoping to achieve.