From: The Fiji Sun – 26/04/2010
The Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu told the people of Mua village in Batikii that coconut was another agricultural product that government would help in construction of small coconut factories.
"Government will see that the machine and housing materials for the factory are delivered," Mr Vasu said.
He called on villagers to cultivate the coconut industry not only as a subsistence product but also look to have it for commercial basis.
The chairman of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council, Ratu Josateki Lewanavanu urged the people of Lomaiviti to grow fruits and vegetables.
"I attended a recent symposium on food security and we heard that having a green house helps us grow fruits and vegetables," he said.
"Considering that some land is not fertile lets rather ask for government to assist us with the construction of green house."
Ministry of Primary Industries officer Uraia Ubetau said they allocated green house to those that asked for them.
"We will send the materials to help Batiki have a green house to help them grow fruits and vegetables."
A group from the Ministry of Primary Industries would be visiting the Lomaivit group to follow up on discussions that took place last week.
Government looked forward to having a stronger agricultural input from Lomaiviti and villagers were happy with the advice from the government officials and relevant agencies.
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