Farmers handed nursery kits

Twenty-Nine farmers in Nadi were handed nursery kits by the British High Commission under the Food Security and Accelerated Agriculture Growth Plan (FSAAGP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

The handover was done at the Leqaleqa Research Station this week. Speaking during the event, British High Commissioner to Fiji George Edgar said the assistance was aimed at rebuilding and accelerating agriculture in response to COVID-19 and the recent tropical cyclones that have caused damage to Fiji.

“The nurseries provided today will assist the people of Nadi and with over 70 per cent of Fiji’s agricultural households reliant on subsistence agriculture, the handover would be timely to assist small-scale nurseries,” he said.

He said for countries such as Fiji, whose economies had suffered because of COVID-19, boosting local food production was now more important than ever before.

“Local food production can provide jobs to those affected and can increase purchasing power from savings on food bills,” said Mr Edgar.