Fiji-Japan Bilateral Exchange on Agriculture

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Hon. Mr. Inia Seruiratu MP with his Japanese counterpart, Hon. Mr. Hiroshi Moriyama MP

Fiji is looking at Japan as a potential partner to help realise our true potential in the agriculture sector, in particular with agro-processing.

Agriculture Minister, Inia Seruiratu, met with the Japanese Minister for Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Hiroshi Moriyama, on Tuesday 26th January, in Tokyo.

The meeting was to discuss and promote trade and investment cooperation between Fiji and Japan.

“Fiji has huge potential in its agriculture sector in view of agro-processing,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“But for these to materialise will require the assistance of development partners, and Japan is a partner that Fiji looks to for relevant support in this regard.

“In particular, Fiji needs an agro-processing laboratory, food technologists and value-adding technology, and know-how to strengthen its value-adding capacity.

“This is to realise the full potentials of its abundant tropical fruits and vegetables in terms of exports.

“Experts are also required to undertake detail study to help identify and strategise agro-produce for value-adding to export.”

In response, Mr Moriyama said considering similar characteristics of Fiji and Japan’s climate and agro produce, the provision of expertise assistance would prove ideal.

The Hon.Seruiratu was accompanied to the meeting by Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan, H.E Mataitoga and Fiji Embassy staff, Counselor Mrs Korovou and Second Secretary Ms.Savu.

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