Most tech problems in agriculture not sophisticated: FCLC

Nursery expert Sant Kumar, right, visits kava grower Vani Naucukidi to inspect her nursery in Lovoni Village, Ovalau in this file picture. The FCLC says it needs experts to work in the pens and in the fields beside farmers. Picture: FT FILE

MOST technical problems in our agricultural system are not sophisticated.

This was highlighted by Fiji Crop and Livestock Council chairperson Simon Cole during the FCLC workshop held in Suva last week saying there was a need to focus on stockmanship and crop husbandry.

“We need experts to work in the pens and in the fields besideĀ our farmers,” Mr Cole said.

He said FCLC association heads were recognised by their peers as being the best producers of most commodities.

“I believe there are people who can help farmers improve their technical competency,” he said.

He added FCLC developed a range of phone-based services to assist the extension effort.

“We developed systems to connect farmers, markets and technicians.

“We successfully trialled weekly pricing messages for different commodities indicating to farmers what they should be charging at the farm gate.”

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