Agriculture

Government offers long term support for farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to look for long term ways to support farmers who are affected by drought in the western division. Principal Agriculture Officer West  Vinesh Kumar told local media the ministry was currently giving farmers assistance in the form of water tanks, feed and drugs for livestock but they would be looking at […]

Staff Writers

January 20, 2016 3:16 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to look for long term ways to support farmers who are affected by drought in the western division.

Fijian farmers in the west willl continue to receive government support throughout the dry season. Photo: www.fao.org
Assistance given to the farmers in west. Photo: www.fao.org

Principal Agriculture Officer West  Vinesh Kumar told local media the ministry was currently giving farmers assistance in the form of water tanks, feed and drugs for livestock but they would be looking at more long term ways to help.

 We are looking at areas where really water is a challenge. we want to motivate as well as assist farmers in rain harvesting as well as putting up water sources that are more reliable.”

Despite the recent rains, farmers continued to face some real difficulties.

We still have challenges in certain areas where boreholes are still low. we have seen that wells and water holes haven’t recharged to that level. so definitely we are not out of the woods yet

Kumar said El Nino developments and its impact on the country were factors the department was mindful of in their work.

” So the current assistance that we have put in place plus the fact that number of our programs will be running this year, we would be mindful of those parameters.”

The Ministry of Agriculture has assisted close to 600 farmers in the western division since December.

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