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Call for more local products

Saturday, February 22, 2014

FIJI still imports a large variety of agricultural products when these can be produced locally, says Minister for Agriculture Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu.

Speaking on a recent tour of the North, Lt-Col Seruiratu said most of these products could be grown locally and save the government millions of dollars.

"These include other produce such as fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood such as prawns," he said.

"These are opportunities that are available to us if we have the right technology to utilise the resources we have.

"We are capable of solving these issues in our own backyards by raising our own and even the potential of exporting as well."

Lt-Col Seruiratu said Fiji could also export to neighbouring Pacific countries that do not have the same resources.

He urged his staff to assist farmers to meet the ministry's objectives.

"There are a lot of opportunities here in the North and you need to be acting locally and thinking globally.

"Despite the abundance of resources on Vanua Levu, people continue to leave for greener pastures because of reasons such as politics and land.

"Government has sorted these lease issues and this should not be a problem as land is now available."

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