September 1, 2021
India’s great achievements in the Agriculture sector to ensure food security for its population despite all odds, is worth mentioning.
Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy made the comment while officially receiving almost seven tonnes of dry vegetable seeds from Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Palaniswamy Subramanyan Karthigeyan today.
“We note how technological development, research and innovation have played a central role in delivering on to the critical objective of food security. We stand to learn from you,” he said.
The Minister warmly acknowledged the long-lasting relationship between the two countries and India’s continuous and immediate support to Fiji during its time of need.
“Vinaka Vakalevu. I do note and applaud the commitment and support through the Fiji/India bilateral relations that has grown steadily over the years since the 1800s during which we have signed Memorandums of Understanding, exchanged technical expertise and provided capacity building through organized workshops and meetings”
He said Fiji had benefitted a lot from these engagements and this was evident in the development progress of the agriculture sector.
Dr Reddy recalled almost two months ago when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries to establish cooperation for the development of agriculture in Fiji.
“The focus area of interest included amongst others: Dairy Industry Development; Water Resources Management and Irrigation Development; Food Processing Industry Development; Agriculture Mechnisation; and Development of Seed Bank. We need your expert advice and guidance to enable us to successfully expand our Agriculture sector,” the Minister said.