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Rural development a key priority; Seruiratu

13:58 Thu Sep 14, 2017


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Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle

More than 40 percent of Fiji’s population live in rural remote areas according to the Minister for Rural Development, Inia Seruiratu.

Speaking in Parliament this morning in response to the President’s address, Seruiratu says the agenda to develop rural areas is a priority aimed at enticing more Fijians back to villages and settlements.

“Over $60 million in the last four years through the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management for the implementation of social intervention and income generating programs and projects within our rural areas to empower our rural communities and assist them.”

Seruiratu says Agriculture is another potential area that more Fijians should consider as sustainable livelihoods.

He says work has been done with government spearheading specific projects to enhance the sector and make it more accessible.

“With the assistance of our development partners, such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations, we are also developing our food and nutrition policy and working on our beef and industry sector strategy. We have also launched our Kava standards manuals and these documents will complement the Fiji 2020 Agriculture Policy agenda.”

The Minister also highlighted that while development is high on the priority list, there are also considerations with regards to the effects of climate change and its impact on those in rural remote areas.



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