Minister encourage farmers to prioritize development

The Island Farmers and Fishers Association (IFFA) from the village of Saanapu, Safata hosted their Talomua at the Fugalei market over Mother’s day weekend.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Taelega Toma, the secretary of the Association, says the event has been in the planning since last month
The IFFA President Leaana La spoke on behalf of the Association and thanked the Government for supporting their Talomua.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Laauli Leuatea Schmidt congratulated the association for hosting a successful event and encouraged the farmers and fishers to prioritize development for the benefit of their families and communities.
He also stressed the importance of investing in agriculture and fisheries in order to sustain income, food and nutrition security.
At the moment, there are more than twenty communities and districts that have scheduled to host their Talomua events from now until June 2022.
The Minister highlighted the Government’s planned District Development Funding Scheme which will be effective in the next financial year (2022-2023).
This Scheme will further assist the development of our farmers and fishers at the grassroots level of each community.
The Ministry assisted through the provision of coconut seedlings and fruit trees, packets of vegetable seeds as well as some farming tools and equipment for the farmers and fishers of the Island Farmers and Fishers Association.