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Opposition motions are baseless: PM


May 13, 2022 12:43:21 PM

Opposition motions are baseless: PM Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the Opposition comes up with baseless motions and money wasting ideas.

Bainimarama makes this comment in Parliament after National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad moved a motion for a committee to assess the impact of direct initiatives to farmers.

He said if Professor Prasad wants to assess the impacts of the initiatives and the current overall performance of the agriculture sector then he can read the data provided by the line Minister and his Ministry.

“The question is should we task a committee with doing what any Fijian already can which is to read the extreme facts and data that the Government publishes regularly,” he said.

“Agriculture was a resilient sector that grew to record strength, supporting livelihoods and enhancing Fiji’s nutrition security.

“We crossed the $100 million mark in agricultural export for the first time in 2020. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy provided us an update.

“ Honorable Prasad’s motion is worse than a juvenile. He is arguing with facts and figures that even a child would know better.

“Here are the facts, after breaking records in 2020 agriculture exports rose to a further $123 million in 2021,” he said.

He said Fiji had also witnessed significant growth in the export of kava, ginger and turmeric amongst other spices in the past two years, exported mostly to the United States of America.

“The top agriculture export categories in 2021 were ginger, assorted vegetables, cassava, chicken meat and eggs,” he said.

“These are all positive results of what this side of Parliament has shown to the agriculture sector unlike Members of the other side we are all about results not just rhetoric.

“Sectors like tourism, manufacturing and financial services are growing. This shows that our economy is progressing and expanding.

“We will continue to fulfill our vision of a diversified economy and an economy that does not rely heavily on any one sector,” he said.

He said the Government will continue to provide necessary support to the agricultural sector and help it to progress further.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka


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