Agriculture

Fiji to be self-sufficient in rice

The President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote yesterday visited the Koronivia Research Station to see first-hand the new variety of rice. The China-Aid Agricultural Development Project in Vanua Levu and Koronivia commenced on January 2015 and will end on December 2016. The project aims to increase rice production through Chinese expertise, technologies, varieties selection and breeding, […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 13, 2016 9:01 am

The President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote yesterday visited the Koronivia Research Station to see first-hand the new variety of rice.

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping (left) and the President Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote at the Koronivia Research Station yesterday. (FIjian Government)
Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping (left) and the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the Koronivia Research Station yesterday. (Fijian Government)

The China-Aid Agricultural Development Project in Vanua Levu and Koronivia commenced on January 2015 and will end on December 2016.

The project aims to increase rice production through Chinese expertise, technologies, varieties selection and breeding, provision of agricultural machinery, training of local staff and farmers.

President Konrote said that Government aimed to be self-sufficient in rice production to cut back on the import bill and ensure food security for Fiji.

KONROTE: “I am glad to note that I am the first President to visit the Koronivia Research Station and as the lead advocator of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), I want to learn more on rice production in terms of organic farming methods.”

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping (left) and President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote at the Koronivia Station yesterday.(Fijian Government)
Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping (left) and President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the Koronivia Station yesterday.(Fijian Government)

President Konrote said the move towards self-sufficiency is vital and growing your own food contributes to this factor.

The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Zhang Ping said the project promotes economic and social development through the technical assistance provided by China which benefits both nations.

The Chinese Government has assigned six expert personnel to cooperate with the ministry to conduct high-yield rice cultivation demonstration, technology promotion and technical training.

In 2015, a total of 336 sets of agricultural machinery and equipment under the project were dispatched to respective production areas.

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