Agricultural issues cannot be addressed in isolation: Reddy

There is a need to collaborate to further develop the agricultural sector in Fiji, says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy. Picture: FT FILE

ISSUES pertaining to agriculture cannot be addressed in isolation.

There is a need to collaborate to further develop the agricultural sector in Fiji, says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy.
During a meeting of cooperation between the ministry and the Fiji National University’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, Dr Reddy said the ministry would work with FNU college of agriculture to develop the agriculture sector through research and innovation and provide policy recommendations to better the Fijian agriculture sector.

He said the need for further research and development on agronomy, horticulture, soil science, livestock production, veterinary science, plant pathology and value addition, which were all essentially aimed at climate proofing the agriculture sector.

“This collaboration should carve the path to overcome the complex challenges that our agriculture sector faces and recommend transformative actions to overcome them,” said Dr Reddy.

Dean for FNU’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Professor Paul Ade Iji said the agricultural industries contributed about 10 per cent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Fiji.

He said at FNU, they believed this was a far cry from the potential contribution that the sector could make to the national economy.

“We are of the opinion that the full potential of the industries can be realised through stronger research and extension collaboration between all the stakeholders, particularly between the responsible ministries and the large research base at Fiji National University,” said Professor Iji.

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