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Training for farmers

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THE Ministry of Agriculture will educate farmers in the Western Division on systematic farming next year.

With the $5.6million budget allocation for next year, permanent secretary Ropate Ligairi said the department would set aside funding for farmers' training and education.

He said some major projects were under consideration for the west so it was important to equip farmers with the knowledge and techniques.

"Educating farmers on the need to practise systematic farming is one of our main aims for next year," said Mr Ligairi.

"We have set funds to be used for this program and we will try our best to assist these farmers in every way possible."

Mr Ligairi said another area of concern was the shortage of market produce.

He said farmers needed to be consistent in supplying both the local and overseas markets.

This newspaper has highlighted that local markets faced a shortage of cassava because farmers preferred to sell their produce for export via middlemen who buy directly from their farms.

"We will be working closely with the iTaukei Affairs Board in organising farmers to plan well on how they plant various root crops and vegetables," Mr Ligairi said.

"That is why we need to train the farmers and to help them plant in a systematic way," said Mr Ligairi.





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