Symposium to help safeguard Fiji’s fruit industry
IN light of the unprecedented threats posed by global warming and climate change to the tropical fruit industry, the upcoming International Symposium on Tropical Fruits will provide an ideal platform for discussions for all stakeholders.
Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Jitendra Singh made the comment in a recent government press release where he said these stakeholders included tropical fruit specialists, producers and international representatives who would be discussing innovative interventions in terms of research, market and policy.
“This is in light of the detrimental effects that climate change poses to the agriculture sector as a whole as we attempt to increase our preparedness to safeguard our local tropical fruit industry,” Mr Singh said.
The symposium, with the theme, “Food security amidst a changing climate: Towards a sustainable and resilient tropical fruit industry”, will offer an avenue to discuss the best way forward for the tropical fruit industry in Fiji.
Mr Singh said Fiji’s vast experience in formulating strategies for the improvement and strengthening of the agriculture sector in the wake of climate vulnerabilities had set the precedence for Fiji to play host to leading international tropical fruit specialists.
The Agriculture Ministry has invited researchers, students, the academia, growers, importers, exporters, policy makers, associations, Government agencies, non-government organisations and interested participants to attend the International Symposium on Tropical Fruits.
And topics that will be discussed include health and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable production and management, crop diversification and varietal improvement, molecular biology and biotechnology, crop protection, post-harvest and product development, agro-tourism, policy development and agribusiness, marketing and trade.
The symposium, which starts next Monday at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, is being organised by the ministry, International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), Fiji Institute of Agricultural Science with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Manasa Kalouniviti. October 21, 2017. Fiji Times. Fiji