Program to upskill tobacco growers

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (fourth from left) makes his way to officiate at the Star Farmer Incentive program in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at a program launch designed to encourage more than 600 farmers to improve the yield and quality of their tobacco crops this week.

The Star Farmer Incentive program, established by British American Tobacco Fiji was set up to help growers adopt the best agronomy practices and boost their production.

“The good news for Fiji and our agricultural sector is that the lessons taught here will go far beyond tobacco cultivation,” the PM said.

Mr Bainimarama said the techniques used to upskill tobacco farmers through the program could also be applied to the other crops grown outside of the normal tobacco-growing season.

“I encourage all to take advantage of this added opportunity to become a star farmer not only for the coming growing season but for all future growing seasons as well.”

The PM said the agricultural sector had “great potential” and Government was committed to helping Fijians realise the vast opportunities that existed within it.

Twenty farmers were also recognised and handed awards for being the best performing farmers during the 2020 growing season.

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