Fiji One: Pests and diseases major problems of agricultural production

The Research Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Waterways is currently conducting training on Plant and Soil Health Clinic at Koronivia Research Station.

Nine staff of the Ministry from the Eastern Division, along with one participant from the Pacific Community (SPC) and one from the Fiji National University (FNU) are attending this training, which will be the last of this financial year.

While officiating at the one-week training on Monday, the Head of Agriculture Research, Shalendra Prasad said that pests and diseases are one of the major problems of agricultural production, having the ability to affect 60 to 70 per cent of crop yields if not taken care of.

He stated the Ministry with assistance from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has appointed some temporary biosecurity officers to play a significant role in preventing the entry of unwanted pests and diseases into the islands…

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