PM on food security
24 July, 2021, 1:00 pm
We cannot solve the global food crisis but we can resolve it in our corner of the world, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
He said this during the Virtual National Food Systems Summit on Wednesday.
“A resilient food system will be critical and a resilient system includes what we produce, what we import and what we export,” he said.
“We will be challenged to find hardy crops that can withstand spikes in temperature or periods of drought and inundation.”
Mr Bainimarama said there was a need to have more young people venturing into farming so that Fiji could create the commercial scale necessary to compete in the global market for exports.
He said, “in Fiji, we have the climate, we have a reputable national brand for quality and we can farm new crops and traditional staples.
“We need to grant more of our farmers the stability and security of longterm tenure of agricultural leases so they can pursue commercial opportunities in earnest.
“By harnessing those advantages and aligning incentives, we can make the part of the domestic and regional market of a nutrition-secure Pacific.
“The more we can trade among ourselves in the region, the less we will have to rely on global supply chains, the more resilient all of us will be.”
He said the Government’s social safety net played an important part in ensuring that all Fijians had access to safe and nutritious food.
“And our support for small enterprises is a way of engaging all Fijians in food production and enabling more Fijians to feed themselves and their families.”