Agriculture

Organic and traditional agriculture revival in Ra

Farmers in the district of Saivou in Ra will soon begin a two-year project aimed at the revival of organic agriculture in the region. The Farm to Table project organised by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) will promote agriculture as a viable career option, according to a statement released yesterday. Farm […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 13, 2016 8:00 am

Farmers in the district of Saivou in Ra will soon begin a two-year project aimed at the revival of organic agriculture in the region.

Organic farming methods such as this one will be the focus of the Farm to Table project in Ra.
Organic farming methods such as this one will be the focus of the Farm to Table project in Ra. (Matava)

The Farm to Table project organised by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) will promote agriculture as a viable career option, according to a statement released yesterday.

Farm to Table is about establishing systems where people can buy food directly from growers. Farmers benefit by being able to reap more profit from their goods than they can earn at the market, and consumers enjoy knowing how their food is grown and delivered to their tables.

Farmers benefit by being able to reap more profit from their goods than they can earn at the market, and consumers enjoy knowing how their food is grown and delivered to their tables.

Climate change issues can also be addressed through the focus on organic agriculture production methods that can sustain the health of soils, ecosystems, and people.

The organisation said project interventions revived traditional methods of farming, harvesting and storing food.

FRIEND: “These traditional practices have sustained past generations before the advent of food processing, manufacturing and trade in Fiji. The project will promote co-benefits including improved livelihood through value chain development and healthier food options.”

United Nations Sustainable Development is funding the project through the South Pacific Commission and engages youths in Fiji and Vanuatu in organic farming.

The launch of the Farm to Table project will take place at Nabalabala village in Rakiraki on August 17.

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