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Minister encourages rural development

2/16/2010

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intends to map out strategies to integrate development plans for rural development throughout Fiji.

So far consultative meetings have been held between MPI and Commissioners Offices' for both the Western and Northern divisions. This week the Ministry will hold a similar meeting with Commissioner Central at the Fiji Teachers Union Headquarters in Suva.

Minister for Primary Industries Mr Joketani Cokanasiga said that the consultations were necessary to give the Ministry an opportunity to articulate the views of Government on various socio-economic development programmes being undertaken.

“This will enhance the rural development and uplift the livelihood of the rural communities,” Mr Cokanasiga said.

“Government in its 2010 budget allocated substantial funding resources to ensure rural development programmes under the various Ministries/Departments are implemented with the expectation that funds would be effectively and efficiently applied to enhance economic developments.”

Mr Cokanasiga added that under the Department of Agriculture, the provisions for major programmes includes the Import Substitution Programme (ISP) $2 million, Export Promotion Programme (EPP) $2 million, Rural and Outer Island Programme (ROI) $1.5 million, Sigatoka Valley Improvement Programme (SVIP) $1 million, Land Drainage and Flood Protection - $6 million, Watershed Management - mce_marker.8 million, Drainage subsidy under D&I Activity - $1.6 million, Livestock Rehabilitation Programme - $1.5 million, Subsidy for Farmgate milk price - $2 million and Farming Assistance Scheme - $2.2 million. Grants to the Coconut Industry Development Authority and Agricultural Marketing Authority are $1 million each.

Heads of Departments of the Ministry also presented their programmes outlining the overall development plans for their divisions. These plans and programmes could be dove-tailed with those of the Rural Development Programmes envisaged by the respective Commissioners.

Mr Cokanasiga stressed that it is time to take a holistic approach towards socio-economic development programmes for rural development through income generation, creating rural based employment opportunities and encouraging farmers to practice with science in order to raise the quality of farm produce.
Government is looking at improving various sectors including Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Tourism, Mineral Resources, Commerce and Industries, Cottage Industry and Talents, Skills and Trade.

“These are key areas and hold many economic opportunities, and the Ministry is hoping that we will work together with the stakeholders and the people in developing the nation as a whole.”

According to Commissioner Northern Mr Inia Seruratu success requirements will include political will and commitment as well as good leadership and governance.

“Fore-Planning and putting together all the resources that we have will have a great impact on development for the North so we are grateful to MPI for taking the initiative to discuss the way forward for the Northern Division,” Mr Seruratu said.

“With the consultative discussions over the two days, our aim now is to create the environment for sustainable development and economic growth so that it has an impact on the livelihoods of the people,” Mr Seruratu added.

Meanwhile, Government will invest $7,350,000 for its Demand Driven Approach Programmes. A total of $1,500,000 will be given for the Rural and Outer Island Programme (ROI) for farmers and enterprises in the Central, Northern and Eastern divisions. Export Promotion Programme (EPP) will be given $2,000,000 for the development of Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) commodities such as dalo, cassava and papaya for Western and Northern farmers. Import Substitution Programme (ISP) will receive a total of $2,000,000 for the Western & Northern divisions and commodities such as potato, rice, sheep, dairy and beef will be developed.

The Sigatoka Valley Improvement Project (SVIP) will receive $1,000,000. This will assist farmers in the Sigatoka Valley. The Dairy Industry Support Programme (DIS) will receive $ 850,000 and this will assist Registered Dairy Farmers in the Central Division.
 

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Minister encourages rural development

1/24/2010
A two day consultation meeting between heads of departments of the Ministry of Primary Industries and Commissioner Western’s team was opened today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Mr Joketani Cokanasiga at the Sugarcane Growers Council Boardroom in Lautoka.

The Western Division Economic Planning Consultation meeting is aimed at mapping out strategies to integrate development plans for rural development in the Western Division.

In opening the meeting, Mr Cokanasiga said consultations among the participants will give the Ministry an opportunity to articulate Government's views on various socio-economic development programmes undertaken and considered valuable in enhancing rural development and lifting the livelihoods of rural communities.

“Government in its 2010 budget, allocated substantial funding resources to ensure rural development programmes under the various Ministries and Departments are implemented with the expectation that funds would be effectively and efficiently applied to enhance economic developments,” said Mr Cokanasiga.

Under the Department of Agriculture, the provisions for major programmes includes the Import Substitution Programme (ISP) $2 million, Export Promotion Programme (EPP) $2 million, Rural and Outer Island Programme (ROI) $1.5 million, Sigatoka Valley Improvement Programme (SVIP) $1 million, Land Drainage and Flood Protection-$6million, Watershed Management - mce_marker.8million, Drainage subsidy under D&I Activity-$1.6 million, Livestock Rehabilitation Programme - $1.5 million, Subsidy for Farm-gate milk price-$2 million and Farming Assistance Scheme-$2.2 million.

Grants to the Coconut Industry Development Authority and Agricultural Marketing Authority are $1 million each.

During the two-day session, Ministry department heads will make presentations outlining the overall development plans for their divisions, so that these plans and programmes could be dove-tailed with those of the Rural Development Programs envisaged by the Commissioner Western for the Western Division.

“There will be ample time for discussions and possible revision of plans to suit development priorities and needs for the Western Division,” Mr Cokanasiga said.

Mr Cokanasiga stressed to the participants that it was time to take a holistic approach towards socio-economic development programmes for rural development through income generation, creating rural based employment opportunities and encouraging farmers to practice with science in order to raise the quality of farm produce.

The meeting ends tomorrow.

 
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