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Rice needs to be an essential Fijian crop: PM

April 1, 2021 12:15 pm

Farms in Fiji produced 5,748 tonnes of rice last year.

While Commissioning the Communal Rice Farming Scheme in Bavu Village, Nadi, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama revealed domestic crops supplied a mere 13% of rice sold in Fiji.

Bainimarama says the remaining 87% represents opportunity.

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He says due to the severe economic impact of the pandemic, they can’t let opportunities like rice planting go to waste.

The PM says the Bavu Communal Rice Scheme is a first-of-its-kind initiative to help farmers cash-in on the growing demand for rice in Fiji.

He says they supply seeds and assist with land preparation as well as a platform called “We Rice Up”, to help Fijians gain the technical know-how and machinery to become rice farmers.

He says while many of us are used to farming certain types of crops like dalo, cassava and Yaqona there’s a huge potential to tap into the rice industry.

Bainimarama adds that given the demand for rice, it’s time to add it to the list of essential Fijian crops.

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