The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to support and appreciate the value of organic produce from farmers across the country.
Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says organic farming will improve livelihoods, mitigate the impacts of climate change and create self-reliant sustainable food systems.
He says since 2019 the ministry has been advocating for organic farming – an initiative that incorporates a reduction in the use of chemical fertilizers in Fiji.
“During this period from 2018 to 2021, our fertilizer exports fell from 23,949 metric tons in 2018 to 34,145 metric tons in 2020. But the good news is that they have fallen by 19,000 compared to 34,000 in 2021.”
Dr Reddy says work is underway with Poet.com to push as many islands as possible to be certified or declared organic.
Pacific Community Land Resources Unit Director Karen Mapusua says organic agriculture is recognized in the national development plan and regional commitments as part of building our sustainability and resilience.
“We have a developing supporting industry, with a growing number of locally produced soil amendments and biological control being developed, as well as digital technologies relevant to both government research programs and there are some examples notable here in Fiji. But also in small local businesses and SMEs.
Dr Reddy says this platform allows them to work together and share innovative ideas and solutions to ensure they achieve a sustainable and healthy food system.