SUVA, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The launch of the Ministry of Agriculture's Green Initiative in Fiji on Friday will help sustain the livelihoods of locals and contribute towards realizing the sector's full potential.
According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Fiji's Agriculture Minister Mahendra Reddy said they aim to improve agricultural output by four-fold in the future.
The initiative is one of many that are planned to help Fijians attain a self-sustainable future, he said, adding that there are numerous opportunities for the ministry to contribute to the economy, raise national income, address the livelihood issues of Fiji's rural and maritime dwellers and create employment in the island nation.
Agriculture Ministry Head of Operation Vinesh Kumar said the initiative was designed to help people face difficulties and provide them with revenue sources.
He said the reliance on agriculture was huge and many Fijians have expressed their interest to go green and lead a healthier lifestyle.
According to Investment Fiji, the island nation has about 28 percent of land available for agricultural purposes. Agricultural land use is broken down into temporary crop land, fallow land, permanent crop land, pastures, coconuts, natural forest, planted forest and non-agricultural land. Enditem