Farmers are at the centre of a new partnership agreement signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the umbrella organisation representing 19 farmers’ groups across the Pacific – the Pacific Island Farmers’ Organisation (PIFON).
The signing ceremony took place on 24 October 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Suva, where SPC Deputy Director-General Mrs Fekita ‘Utoikamanu said, 'Without the hard work of our farmers, there is no food supply, no food security and it will be difficult to sustain the growth of our communities.'
Mrs ‘Utoikamanu explained that SPC is investing in a change process, restructuring and repositioning itself to better provide efficient and practical services delivering clear results for member countries.
Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture organised the Agricultural Show in Ra over two days (4–5 September 2014) and well over a thousand people, including many students and farmers, came to the grounds to browse among the displays and get some education on a diversity of subjects: chicken incubators, cattle breeds, varieties of coconut, prohibited quarantine pests, different varieties of sweet potatoes and aquaculture, to name only a few.
In his opening remarks , Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests, Mr Inoke Wainiqolo, said that the aim of the agricultural show is to highlight agriculture as a profession, as a business – agribusiness – and ultimately as a contributor to Fiji’s growing economy.
Pacific Island countries need strong legislation and legal frameworks to regulate the import, distribution and management of chemical pesticides. Additionally, a harmonised regional pesticide registration system is being advocated. These were two of the issues discussed at a regional workshop to review the management of pesticides in the Pacific region. The workshop, held 10–12 September 2014, at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Office in Suva, Fiji, brought together key regional and national stakeholders to promote working together and increasing the capacity to implement the objectives of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) for sustainable agriculture.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with SPC Land Resources Division, organised the workshop, and attended by delegates from 12 Pacific Island countries and territories: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea.
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Ready access to land, labour and credit are the basic resources necessary for farming. And choosing the right type of farming is dependent on how land can be accessed, what labour is available (family or hire), and what assets the farmer has to obtain credit. Government services through research and extension departments of ministries of agriculture, and the development of long-term agriculture sector strategies are conditions necessary for private-sector led agricultural growth.