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Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

NATIONAL Federation Party candidate Michael Brown hopes to raise the standard of living for farmers by improving the agriculture sector.

While being introduced as a candidate for NFP on Friday night in Lautoka, he claimed he had not seen any progress in the agriculture sector.

"I have worked in the agriculture sector for more than 45 years both in Government as well as the private sector," he said.

"In my years of observations of the agricultural sector and the farming community, I have not seen much progress and when I was a worker in the government, I tried my best to help farmers in non-sugar sectors and I have seen very little progress has come about.

"My strong conviction at this stage is to help improve this sector.

"I am still working in the agriculture sector as the CEO of Nature's Way Cooperative Fiji Ltd.

"I want to help bring up the standard of living for farmers in the agriculture sector — both the sugar and non-sugar sectors."

Mr Brown explained he also had the qualifications for the job.

"While working for Government, most of the time I was based in the Central Division and worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in several of the most rural and densely populated areas, mainly in Rewa, Tailevu and Naitasiri as well as Serua and Namosi.

"I received my primary education at St Thomas Primary School and I attended Xavier College in Ba and then I received my tertiary education at the Fiji College of Agriculture (now known as the Fiji National University's College of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry) to study agricultural science.

"Then I went on to the University of the South Pacific and proceeded to obtain a Masters in Economics and Marketing."

He said he chose to become a candidate for the NFP because of his longstanding support for the party.

"Why I'm interested in the National Federation Party is since I have been a young boy, I have been attending NFP meetings.

"I heard the great leaders like Mr Koya, Jai Ram Reddy and I hardly missed their meetings. My interest with this party was from the very beginning.

"My father was a strong supporter of the Alliance Party but I did not deviate from NFP."

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