Farmers urged to evolve

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay speaks at the workshop. Picture: SUPPLIED

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay . Picture: SUPPLIED

MODERN farmers have been urged to undergo proper training, technologies and assistance to appropriately develop the agriculture sector.

This was stressed by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Viam Pillay, at the end of the three-day 2019 National Agriculture Show at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu yesterday.

Mr Pillay also highlighted the importance of sustainable food systems for healthy lives.

“We have our forests — a necessity for food, feed, fibre, fuel; host to our biodiversity and are key in the carbon cycle. It plays key roles to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” he said.

Mr Pillay said agriculture development was a complex activity that called for continuing research and development to ensure that one kept abreast of new techniques for better agricultural production and productivity.

He said this year’s agriculture show had greatly helped farmers and stakeholders to build bridges towards one another, better understand each other and more importantly to strengthen their partnership for nation building.

“Government cannot do it alone. This Government needs your support so that we can all move forward together leaving no one behind.

“I wish to sincerely acknowledge all government ministries, officials, the private sectors and the agriculture show committee for your commitment and dedication. Your hard work and assistance rendered to curious visitors visiting the show in the last couple of days are kindly acknowledged. Let us continue to serve our people with the best service.”

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