Tilafono David Hunter
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Phone: +685-7785212, (+685-22561, ext-201)
Direct Line: +685-26841
This is the first website for the Ministry. It is a tool that reflects on the global state of the art in communication efficiency and effectiveness. In this regard, welcome to what the Ministry can offer.
The driving emphasis is for information such as pool of farming technologies, commodity export and import pathways, and disinfestation treatments to be accessible to the farming community, traders etc. A brief statement on current status of development is as follows:
Climate change and food insecurity exacerbate these challenges. Climate associated disasters such as tropical cyclones, flash floods and droughts impose serious constraints on development; to the extend that farmers seem to be in a constant mode of recovery.
A collapse in valuable taro industry following the introduction of taro leaf blight in the mid 1990s serves to illustrate the vulnerability issue under such threats.
It sees obvious that food availability and people’s accessibility to food are amongst the first to be affected following such disasters. Whilst that may be the case, agriculture and fisheries continue to play a vital role in regards to food security and alternative sources of income.
The environmental stresses that are already plaguing the farming community need to be managed. As such, the farmers must be more resilient through the adoption of adaptable farming practices,
It is prime time to urgently develop traditional food sources to supplement or substitute for imported food. Import substitution, value adding, improved local and export trade represent avenues to recapture farming as an income generating opportunity. Hence, farming as a business offers the potential for self employment, to make good use of the available land and human resources. There is abundant unused land, and the unemployed level is currently estimated at 23,000 plus 1500 school leavers every year.