Budget

$74 million for Agriculture ministry

The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated a total of $74million in the National Budget announcement this evening. In his budgetary address Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz-Sayed- Khaiyum said the amount allocated is for post-Tropical Cyclone Winston rehabilitation efforts. SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Sugar, agriculture, fisheries and forestry Madam Speaker are pillars of Fiji’s economic growth and major sectors […]

Salote Qalubau

June 22, 2016 9:49 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated a total of $74million in the National Budget announcement this evening.

In his budgetary address Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz-Sayed- Khaiyum said the amount allocated is for post-Tropical Cyclone Winston rehabilitation efforts.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Sugar, agriculture, fisheries and forestry Madam Speaker are pillars of Fiji’s economic growth and major sectors of employment for the Fijian people.The allocation $17.1 million is provided to support rehabilitation methods for non-sugar sectors as part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s allocation of $74 million.”

“For the repair of Agricultural offices and quarters $1.5 million, to replant 500,000 coconut trees $250,000, for the repair of irrigation structures $179,000, for Dalo development $500,000, for yaqona crops $651,500.”

The AG said divisions whose agriculture sector had been affected drastically would also be rehabilitated with an allocation of half a million dollars for the replanting of pine and degraded forests, restoration of seaweed farms would receive a funding of $300,000 and the reconstruction of fisheries and forestry buildings would  be provided with $1.6 million.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Madam speaker in addition we have also received direct budgetary support of $23 million from the European Union for rehabilitation of the entire agriculture sector including sugar cane conservation and processing.”

The pledged amount of $23 million by the European Union will be earmarked for projects such as rehabilitation of sugarcane, livestock, crops and agriculture-related infrastructure.

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