Rice farmers need assistance and support from the Agriculture Ministry and other relevant stakeholders to help expand the sector.
Koroqaqa Farmers’ Co-operative Secretary, Abhay Singh, says rice farming needs a holistic approach and the Ministry is on the right track.
After receiving a rice mill from the Ministry, Singh says the Koroqaqa Farmers’ Co-operative is confident that rice farming will grow with the right support.
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“Definitely speaking there are other farmers who also want to start rice farming and if the seeds are provided and a little bit of assistance is given, I am sure they will do it.”
Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy commended the efforts of farmers.
Fiji spends $41 million annually importing rice.