Fiji Time: 2:45 PM on Saturday 23 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Ministry focuses on self-sufficiency

Luke Rawalai
Monday, April 21, 2014

IN a bid to revitalise the rice industry, the Agriculture Department recently purchased four new rice harvesting machines from Asia.

Principal agricultural officer North John Cox said they conducted a familiarisation exercise with their personnel last week on the operations of the new machines.

"The purchase of the machines is in line with government's intention of revitalising the rice industry," he said.

"Government has a plan of making Fiji an agricultural self-sufficient country to enable it to reduce expenditure on the purchase of products such as rice that could be grown locally.

"Currently Fiji imports about $20million worth of rice from Asian countries and this huge amount of money could be saved if the country grows its very own."

Mr Cox said the Agriculture Department was looking at addressing local markets before venturing overseas.

"Most Asian countries like China are rich and economically stable because they are self-sufficient.

"This means they do not have to import most things as they are produced locally."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Acts of will
  2. Crusaders, Tahs face crucial clash
  3. A-G files petition
  4. Proposed airport site leased out
  5. Bleak future
  6. Parliament passes Bill
  7. Reds lose to Sharks as O'Connor howler spoils chances of comeback
  8. End of an era
  9. Chiefs down Bulls for Super Rugby bonus-point win
  10. Land use concern

Top Stories this Week

  1. USA wins London 7s Monday (18 May)
  2. Heroes of the night Friday (22 May)
  3. Dream run Tuesday (19 May)
  4. Champions Monday (18 May)
  5. Tuwai wins top award Tuesday (19 May)
  6. Payout for team Thursday (21 May)
  7. Top cop foils robbery attempt Friday (22 May)
  8. Ratu Naiqama suspended Friday (22 May)
  9. Behind closed doors Tuesday (19 May)
  10. Probe on officials Wednesday (20 May)