Council moves into central location
14 April, 2018, 12:00 am
EXPANDING its efforts to better provide services to its members, the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) has moved its offices from Lautoka into the Ministry of Agriculture’ head office in Suva.
The move, according to FCLC chairman Simon Cole, better positioned the council to represent the farmers.
“We have always been challenged working in the sugar belt. Because we were funded by EU that was linked to its sugar programme our location was dictated by the funding agency’s requirements,” Mr Cole said in a statement yesterday.
“But by working directly with the ministry in a location more central to our council members, we are now better positioned to better represent the farmers, a mandate given to us when we were created by Cabinet in July of 2010.”
FCLC has 30,000 farmers now registered representing the pigs, honey, dalo, yaqona, grazing livestock, ginger, cocoa, agri-exporters, rice, and organics associations that make up its council.
Mr Cole said presently FCLC focused on developing agricultural insurance, contract farming and cyclone rehabilitation work as well as serving on key agricultural committees.
FCLC became an official entity in February 2013 when its Secretariat was established, following Cabinet’s endorsements in its meeting on 20th July 2010, Cabinet Decision CP (10) 215.
The FCLC was established in conjunction with agricultural associations to improve agri-food productivity. The FCLC works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture in addressing issues that affects its members.