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4000 farmers 'idle'

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, July 31, 2014

ABOUT 4000 farmers nationwide whose leases have been renewed are not making use of their land.

Citing a finding of the Committee for Better Utilisation of Lands (CBUL) , Agriculture Minister Lt-Col Inia Seruiratu said this was irresponsible.

"About 4000 farmers whose land leases have been renewed are still idle and this is irresponsible of them," Lt-Col Seruiratu said.

"We can change this attitude and use the good lands available to increase productivity and also address the socio-economic issues we are currently facing.

"We need to take responsibilities as far as the government, stakeholders and the farmers are concerned.

"Government is providing technical expertise and other form of assistance but we also have a responsibility to shoulder in order to reduce the import bill."

Lt-Col Seruiratu added the Fijian Government had good goals and plans to improve the agriculture sector.

"The plan is the People's Charter for Change, the roadmap and the key pillars.

"Pillar Eight emphasises the reduction of poverty to a negligible level by 2015 and achieving higher economic growths while ensuring sustainability."

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