The economic impact of COVID19 must teach Fijians about the need to shift and maintain a focus on agriculture as a sector worthy of investment.
Agriculture Permanent Secretary Ritesh Dass stressed this message while officiating a two day workshop on Food Security and Nutrition Implication for COVID-19 in Fiji.
The focus of the workshop is to identify gaps and provide feasible solutions from available data and discussions pertaining to the ongoing food security and nutrition initiatives from government and relevant institutions.
“Agriculture should be our way of life and not just an activity or a profession. Fiji has proven its resilience in dealing with the crisis quite rapidly and this is what we should be proud of as a Nation.”Ritesh Dass, PS – Agriculture
“Vulnerability to climate change related hazards combined with Fiji’s position as a net food importer, highly dependent on international trade and subject of a high external debt are additional challenges aggravating the difficulties faced during this pandemic.”
The workshop is a concept supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation FIRST Programme that facilitates policy environment in agriculture and the rural sector to achieve zero hunger.