Agriculture show expected to attract some 20,000 people

A file picture of an agricultural show in Nadi. Picture: FT FILE/BALJEET SINGH

THE 2019 National Agriculture show is earmarked to attract an estimated 20,000 people.

The agriculture sector’s importance to the economy will be promoted during the 2019 National Agriculture Show which will be held at the Valelevu Grounds, starting today until July 5, 2019.

A Government statement issued today stated the aim of the show was to create publicity on agriculture services, showcase new products and technology to farmers and promote the production of agricultural crops and private sector partnership.

This year’s theme is ‘Agriculture: Our Hope, Our Future for a Healthy and Wealthy Fiji’.

The statement said the theme encouraged farmers to develop further on to commercial agriculture and to view farming as a business, while also promoting healthy lifestyles in light of the country’s alarming statistics related to non-communicable diseases.

It stated that the theme also reflected the importance of developing agricultural strategies to secure sustainable food security, placing emphasis on agriculture as the backbone and hope for Fiji as a robust and precise industry that could steer the economy forward, considering the impending effect of climate change on the sector.

Demonstrations of live animals, crops and management practices will also be on display.

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