AN aspiring candidate for next year's general election believes employment can be created by investing in agriculture.
Sat Narayan, 59, said apart from addressing the unemployment problem, investing in agriculture would boost the economy and help resource owners.
Mr Narayan is the interim general secretary of the People's Democratic Party and he's interested in contesting the much-anticipated 2014 election. He has worked in the Fiji Police Force, the Fiji National Microfinance Unit and the US Peace Corps.
Since retiring from paid employment, the Nausori resident has been actively involved in community work.
Asked why he decided to enter politics, Mr Narayan said: "To serve the people and help advance the process of democracy.
"I have been a community worker all my life and since I've achieved all my goals, I want to give something back to the people."
Mr Narayan believes he has the support of the people in communities he's worked in; he also believes very strongly in the principles and policies of the PDP.
Issues of concern to him are unemployment and poverty.
"Unemployment is a major problem. There is a lack of job opportunities and there is poverty," he said.
"It's difficult for people to make ends meet because the cost of living and the inflation rate is high.
"I think the only way to create employment is by investing in agriculture. We have to invest in agriculture."