Fiji Time: 10:21 PM on Friday 27 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Three-day training for rice farmers

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, May 19, 2014

A GROUP of Cakaudrove farmers can now engage in sustainable rice farming practices after completing a three-day training at Muanidevo in Dreketi, Macuata last week.

Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said the training was in line with government's intention of economically empowering rural people.

"These are farmers who already have the knowledge of rice farming and the training is basically to boost their know-how so they can engage in rice farming in a more sustainable way," he said.

"Training of rice farmers has become one of the top priorities of the Ministry of Agriculture as we work towards contributing to the reduction of the country's $40million rice import bill annually.

"The government also wants an educated society and with this sort of training, we are educating our farmers on how well they can produce rice."

Mr Cox said they were also focusing on turning all potential rice farming areas that were idle into production.

"Our aim is to produce more rice locally and by doing so, we are trying to make use of all the potential farming areas that are idle into production.

"Farmers need to know how well they can plant rice in order to make use of such land."

The farmers were happy to be part of the training.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61880.5998
JPY 52.941849.9418
GBP 0.32410.3161
EUR 0.42560.4136
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66260.6376
USD 0.47860.4616

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Families live in fear
  2. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later
  3. 10 years in jail for rape of girl, 16
  4. $40k boost for Fiji 7s team
  5. Uncle told to stay away from niece
  6. Kolinisau ready to enjoy break from 7s
  7. Clean credit slate
  8. Maharaj: Need to have contingency plans
  9. Bridges hit by major overloading problem
  10. Vaivai snatches gold

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  6. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  7. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  8. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)
  9. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)
  10. Life of sacrifice Sunday (22 May)