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Innovative training to reduce soil erosion and boost crops

July 16, 2018 11:14 pm

Representatives from the Agriculture and Forests Ministries are attending an innovative workshop this week that aims to help communities across the country reduce soil erosion and boost farming productivity.

The workshop is the first in a series of trainings targeted across Fiji, organized by the Pacific Community with support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Action against Desertification Program.

According to a report on Soil Erosion in Fiji – Problems and Perspectives, Fiji loses an average of 50 tons of soil per hectare annually, almost four-times the globally accepted level for tropical countries, which is 13 tons per hectare each year.

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The three-day training aims to introduce participants to the principles of soil health and soil health technologies as well as the skills needed to effectively diagnose soil health problems and formulate potential solutions.

The workshop ends tomorrow.

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