Picture: Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy addresses farmers in Tukavesi, Saqani, Cakaudrove on Saturday (26.2.22)
Cakaudrove plays a very
significant part in the Government's overall vision to increase agriculture
production as well as exports.
The comment was made by
Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy
whilst handing officiating at the handover ceremony of Offer letters to
successful recipients of Small Farming Equipment and Irrigation Kits in Tukavesi,
Saqani, Cakaudrove and Belego, Wailevu West, Cakaudrove yesterday (26.2.22)
“Every month, through Agro
Marketing Authority (AMA) we are picking up a total of 72 tonnes of produce
from Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata. That translates to 20 tons of dalo from
Savusavu; 30 tons of dalo from Taveuni; 16 tons of cassava from Bua and
Macuata, and six tons of fish from Qeleniwai.
“Through AMA, on average we are
paying farmers $110,000 every month,” he said.
The Minister explained not only
was the Authority the only exporter picking up farmers’ produce in Vanua Levu
but it was also mandated by law to buy and collect produce from farmers in the
interior and rural maritime areas.
He added there was potential to
“We can search for new markets
and increase the quota. We can go beyond 72 tons but we need consistent supply.
This needs planning.”
He encouraged the farmers to
discuss this with the Senior Agriculture Officer Cakaudrove and locality
officers on the way forward.
The Hon. Dr Reddy said farmers,
laborers, landowners, exporters, processors, middlemen – all those in the
agriculture sector played a vital role in the Fijian economy.
“When agriculture production
increases, everyone benefits not only Fiji, in terms of the national income. In
any business or any business activity, when income increases it is distributed
to all those involved in the business,” he said.
He said it was similar to the
“When agriculture output
increases there is more money. Whoever is the agriculture entrepreneur will
take the money and distribute it to households, farmers, laborers, landowners,
“We strongly encourage you to
produce more, so we can increase the income for all those involved in this