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Call for supporting policies on organic market

Filipe Naigulevu
Friday, June 30, 2017

GOVERNMENT needs to lead a really broad stakeholder consultation towards developing national policies to support the active organic movement in Fiji.

This was the view of Pacific Community (SPC) representative, Karen Mapusua, during a local organic stakeholder meeting at Ranadi Plantation in Deuba, Pacific Harbour on Wednesday.

Ms Mapusua, who has been actively involved in Fiji's organic movement, said a policy framework should be in place to identify gaps and areas of focus.

"There's so much happening to organics in Fiji and it is really exciting but we need to get our policy framework in place and identify where gaps are so then everyone knows where we need to put the focus," she said.

"An obvious one is research for organic systems. If we do those policy consultations, we will identify those and the priority areas will be established and we know where we need to put our resources.

"It's very easy to talk about converting to organics but then the farmers will have to deal with weeds and soil fertility so we need to be able to have responses to those."

Ms Mapusua said the capable and experienced people in Fiji's active organic movement would also greatly benefit the Government's work of developing organics.

"There is such an active organic movement in Fiji, really capable people lots of experience and they know how to access markets and they know how to develop products and develop farms.

"It's an army of people who want to support that vision of an organic Fiji the Agriculture Minister has articulated.

"So to engage those stakeholders and use those human resources will be a fantastic resource for the Government."

Ms Mapusua added further work should be done around market development in helping farmers and producers identify the right markets and access it.

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