Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
|Cane farmers near Nadi.|
Next time a business/government delegation goes to China, the US or whatever country that's holding a business showcase, include a few farmers.
If the showcase is about vegetable farming, take a few vegetable farmers. If it's about dairy farming, take some dairy farmers, and if it's about sugar, take a few cane farmers. Then there is fishing, poultry, beef , seafood and much more.
Take the people on the ground to visit the places with Government funding everything. It will be a good investment. Civil servants often come back from these trips and sit on their experiences and the very people who should be informed are left wanting.
I know these people on the ground will come back and take the news to their various rural areas and inform the people during religious gatherings and even grog sessions.
Taking all civil servants and rich businessmen is good, think of the consumer next time a government delegation goes.
The people selected need not even speak proper English as long as they know what they're doing farming. These are the unsung heroes of Fiji who have been keeping the agriculture sector alive.
Let me know if a delegation is going soon. I have huge network of farmers who I have been working with and I know the capable ones. We usually converse in my broken Hindi, but we get the message to and fro. Anybody game?
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.