China seeks to strengthen agriculture partnership

November 24, 2020

Picture : From left, China’s Second Secretary (Economic and Commercial), Mr Fu Yuanfeng; Principal Agriculture Officer, Policy, Mr Akuila Nacoke; China’s Economic and Commercial Counselor, Ms LI Zhi; Agriculture Permanent Secretary, Mr Ritesh Dass; China’s First Secretary, Mr Gao Iianjia, and Agriculture Head of Research, Mr Shalendra Prasad, far right.

 China is keen to strengthen its agriculture ties with Fiji through the Ministry of Agriculture.

This was the sentiment expressed by China’s representative to Fiji and Economic and Commercial Counselor, Ms. LI Zhi during her meeting with Agriculture Permanent Secretary, Mr. Ritesh Dass at the Ministry’s Head Office in Raiwaqa today (24.11.20).

Areas of possible cooperation included foreign investment from China; knowledge transfer; rice production expansion; local mushroom production; modernising agricultural through inception of relevant technologies, and value adding opportunities utilising local produce. 

Mr. Dass expressed the Ministry’s appreciation for the assistance offered by the Chinese Government. He looked forward to the re-opening of the international borders so that the Ministry could capitalize on the Chinese expertise in agriculture whereby Fijian farmers and agriculture technicians could learn a lot from.

Ms. LI was accompanied by China’s First Secretary, Mr. Gao Iianjia, and Second Secretary (Economic and Commercial), Mr. Fu Yuanfeng.

The Permanent Secretary was accompanied by Agriculture Head of Research, Mr. Shalendra Prasad and Principal Agriculture Officer (Policy), Mr. Akuila Nacoke.