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Grow agriculture sector

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, August 16, 2014

DEVELOPING the agriculture sector for economic growth could be the answer to rural poverty.

University of the South Pacific Economics lecturer Dr Baljeet Singh said the agriculture sector was where Fiji's economy could further grow.

"Tariffs have started going according to the economic financial activity but the concern remains is the credit is not going to the agriculture sector," he said.

"Why I'm saying this is because that is where the economy is and that is the sector that we should be talking about when you talk about rural poverty."

He said Fiji's economic performance had been positive in the past three or four years.

"Inflation has declined from 2011 until today. In 2011, it was about 7.3 per cent, in 2012 it was 3.4 per cent and in 2013 it was about 2.9 per cent and in the last 12 months, is about 1.8 per cent which is good news."

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