THERE is a need to consider farmers as national heroes because they literally provide food on the tables of almost every citizen.
These were the words of the FSC Labasa mill manager Christopher Karia while officiating at the closing ceremony of the Northern Division Agriculture Show in Labasa last Friday.
Mr Karia said such was an indication of the many opportunities that the agriculture sector had to offer in terms of providing food and income security to everyone including the next generation. "We need to consider them (farmers) our national heroes because they put food on the table," he said.
"The agricultural advisory services provided will ensure that agriculture further enhances farming as a viable and efficient profession which endeavours to contribute significantly to the GDP in a suitable way.
"We need to cultivate the land for you and me and the future generation. This is to help us reduce our food import bills and also increase our local food production. We can be farmers in our own ways and this can start from our own homes by engaging ourselves in backyard gardening."