Agriculture ministry receives field equipment

Christoph Wagner of the European Union (left) shows some of the equipment that was received by the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, David Kolitagane, in Nabua. Picture: RAMA

FIJI’S Ministry of Agriculture has received office and field equipment worth $F134,000, donated by the European Union-funded ‘Improving Key Services to Agriculture’ (IKSA) project implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).
The equipment will support the work of extension officers in the Western Division and in the Macuata province by enhancing their work with farmers in Fiji’s sugarcane belt.
Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation for the Pacific Christoph Wagner said: “For the EU, it is important that the IKSA project has been working in close collaboration with the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture.”
“It, therefore, makes sense at the end of the project to enhance the productivity and training capacities of the extension and research divisions of the ministry.”
The permanent secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, David Kolitagane, said the project had consistently supported the ministry through development training materials and the training of its staff.