Resilient seed systems for livelihoods

Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu after a Parliament sitting last week. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu after a Parliament sitting . Picture: FT FILE

STRENGTHENING resilient seed systems for livelihoods, food and nutritional security is being encouraged by the Ministry of Agriculture.

While speaking at a Regional Seed Forum in Nadi this week, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu said they wanted to ensure that when farmers were affected by natural disasters, they would be supplied with good quality seeds of appropriate varieties so they could resume their agriculture production.

“The Government of India assisted us on this initiative where our Research Stations around the country were tasked to strengthen seed-systems related responses in preparation for an effective and sustainable response to food and agricultural emergencies,” he said in a Government statement.

“This forum is a timely opportunity for sharing information across the Pacific region and to develop regional solutions to the issues that we face.

“One such issue is climate change; the effects of climate change are visible around the world, with disastrous effects on agriculture and food security.

“We need to take responsibility and better prepare for the future so that come the next disaster, we are more prepared. We have a responsibility, let’s look after the environment and then the environment will provide for us.”

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