United Nations Development Programme Consults With Fiji Farmers

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Sobering results, quality seed and technique deficits

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, February 1, 2015) – A week-long consultation conducted by the United Nations Development Program and the Western Charity Alliance with farmers across the Western Division has revealed some sobering results.

Alliance executive director Jitendra Naidu said among the issues raised by growers was poor supply of quality seeds and seedlings, lack of information on modern farming techniques and lack of exposure and information on markets.

"Farmers also highlighted a shortage of labourers and expressed concern on the high costs of land preparation and cultivation," he said.

"The consultation was part of UNDP's Markets for Change project and the aim was to discuss issues faced by cash crop farmers and to jointly devise assistance models to help them improve their production and income."

The UNDP and the Alliance will consolidate the findings and use recommendations to work with farmers and assist them over the next three years of the project.

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