29 January, 2023, 3:31 pm Central - 28°C Rain

Fiji is an agricultural country and we must invest in it - Chaudhry

Fiji is an agricultural country and we must invest in it - Chaudhry

By Krishneel Nair
Saturday 26/11/2022
Fiji Labour Party Leader - Mahendra Chaudhry

The Leader of the Fiji Labour Party Mahendra Chaudhry says they feel Fiji is an agricultural country and they must invest in agriculture, revive the rural sector, find employment opportunities and build rural hubs.

While speaking on the fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan, Chaudhry says the plan for FLP is to invest in agriculture, develop land that is lying idle, assist landowners to develop the land and make it available for commercial agriculture.

He says the FLP is proposing agricultural estates which will solve the unemployment and housing problems.

He adds it will boost agricultural production and also boost the economy in rural areas.

When asked how the agricultural estates will be set up, Chaudhry says at a point in time, when there was a need to increase the sugar production in Vanua Levu, the Seaqaqa sugar belt was developed.

Chaudhry says there were provisions for farmers to stay in a hut-like accommodation.

He adds, 30 years leases were also granted that year.

The FLP Leader says no one can expect farmers to clear the land to make it productive, they need to be assisted.

Chaudhry further says they were taking a similar approach that the government will acquire land, create 3 to 5 acre farms which will be agricultural estates and build basic homes on it.

He also says they are looking at taking people back from the urban to the rural sector and providing the farmers with these estates.

Chaudhry says there is a big problem in the urban squatter settlements where people are mostly unemployed.

He says with this program these are the people who have an opportunity to move back and go into farming.

Chaudhry adds there is no reason for those who are unemployed and have not been able to access tertiary education can not go into farming.

The Leader also says there is a lot of money in farming for those who are willing to work hard and there are a lot of people who made a success out of it.

You can watch the full interview here.

Click here for full Elections Coverage

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Womens Rugby World Cup 2022
Quarter-final qualification is now the goal for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15โ€™s following their 21-17 victory against South Africa.
101 days ago

Queen Elizabeth II passes away
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
131 days ago

Fiji wins Melrose Cup after 17 years
Fiji wins the RWC 7s title after 17 year drought
133 days ago
South Africa is a tough opponent - Gollings
Fiji Airways Menโ€™s National 7s coach Ben Gollings says the team is exactly where they want to be and are looking forward to meeting South Africa in ...
3 hours ago
Family pleads for support and assistance for sonโ€™s medical operation in India
The family of 6-year-old Kiyan Hunter is pleading to all Fijians to support and assist them in sending their son to India for an immediate medical ...
9 minutes ago

Fijiana 7s to face Australia in fifth-place playoff after 40-7 victory over Japan
The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s have defeated Japan 35-7 in the fifth-place semi-final of the HSBC Sydney 7s. Former Gospel High School student, ...
2 hours ago

Close to a ton of marijuana uprooted from 7 farms in Kadavu - A/ACP Driu
Close to a ton of marijuana that was uprooted from 7 farms in Kadavu were destroyed in accordance with approved court destruction orders. Chief ...
2 hours ago

35-year-old man missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni
A 35-year-old man is missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni following an alleged dispute out at sea on Friday afternoon. Police ...
3 hours ago

Early birthday present for 4 year old Eli Tamanisau
It was an early birthday present for 4-year-old Eli Tamanisau as he will now be able to live a longer life after a successful heart surgery at the ...
3 hours ago