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By RACHNA LAL
Goodman Fielder Asia Pacific, manufacturers of Crest Chicken, has once again pledged its support for the Agriculture Show this year.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday between the Minister of Primary Industries, Joketani Cokanasiga, and Goodman Fielder Asia Pacific general manager, Shaun Joils.
The MOU reaffirmed the company as the major sponsor of the show this year and the naming rights of the show which would be called the 2012 Crest Agriculture Show.
After running successfully in Suva for the last two years, the 2012 Crest Agriculture Show will move to the West this year. It would be held at Churchill Park in Lautoka from August 6 to 11.
Similar shows would also be held at the Court House Ground in Labasa from July 26-27 and providing support to the Hibiscus Festival from August 18 to 25 at Albert Park in Suva.
Acting Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Ropate Ligairi, said they anticipated to bring to the West what had been shown in Suva for the last two years.
“This will be for the benefit of school children, our farmers and the public,” he said.
Mr Ligairi said Goodman Fielder’s support indicated their confidence that the Ministry of Primary Industries can continue to make this show a success like the previous two years.
Mr Joils believes initiatives such as the 2012 Crest Agriculture Show forms part of an important strategy to encourage Fiji to become self-sufficient in feeding itself.
“Enhancing Fiji’s agricultural capability and improving our ability to grow our own food is a key strategic initiative for now and the long-term,” he said.
The theme of the show is ‘Grow Me Fiji’ and will be closely linked to food security in Fiji and the Pacific.
It will showcase all the fish, forestry, crops and livestock cultivated or bred in Fiji and will also involve key stakeholders in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.
There will also be a schools oratory, garden competitions, etc, that would be conducted during the agriculture show.
The show will close on Friday, August 10 when the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will host the Prime Minister’s Farmer Awards and Gala Dinner Night where 41 awards will be given out.