Nadarivatu farmers get contracts to supply to AMA

Sixty eight farmers of Nubu in Nadarivatu will benefit from selling their produce to the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA).

These contracted farmers will be required to commit 125 acres of their mataqali land to be used for the planting of dalo, celery, and carrots.

Minister of Agriculture Dr. Mahendra Reddy said the climatic conditions of Nadarivatu is feasible for carrots and celery also highlighting the need for import substitution.

“The Ministry will provide planting material at no cost to the farmer for the amount they require; we will need advanced notice to organize the planting material and we will provide this progressively,” Reddy said.

“The only requirement is the farmer will have to replenish us the equivalent amount of planting material within three years. We will also assist with land preparation and machinery.”

“All contract farmers will be able to join the Fiji National Provident Fund and AMA will facilitate deductions in consultation with farmers and FNPF.”

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