NADI, FIJI – A Handbook to guide farmers in Fiji’s sugarcane belt
areas was launched in Nadi today. The Farmers Handbook was launched as
part of the European Union (EU) funded Fairtrade Associations Capacity
Building and Farm Advisory Services Support Project, which is being
implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).
The handbook, titled “Establishing a Farmer Field School: A Handbook
for Fiji’s Sugar Industry” explains how Farmer Field Schools are run
and will serve as a useful tool to guide farm advisory services staff in
Fiji’s sugar industry, as well as leader and link farmers in the
country’s sugarcane belt.
Along with the Handbook, a set of two posters were produced to
illustrate the agricultural calendars for plant and ratoon cane. The
posters will complement the Handbook as a useful tool to guide farmers
on the type of crop practices to use and when to use them.
Speaking on behalf of the European Union during the launch of the
Farmers Handbook and posters, Programme Manager Alejandro Matos Lopez
said: “The European Union is pleased to be supporting the work of the
Fairtrade and Farm Advisory Services Project. This is about improving
the livelihoods and income of farmers in Fiji’s sugarcane communities.
The Farmers Handbook and the posters launched today are useful tools to
guide the work of leader farmers, as well as the industry’s field
Explaining the practicalities of the handbook and materials launched,
SPC’s Fairtrade Project Manager, Judith van Eijnatten said: “The
handbooks and posters are weather-resistant, practical tools which can
be taken into the field. The handbooks will be given out to each of the
300 leader farmers and we hope that they will facilitate the work being
done by these farmers in Fiji’s sugarcane communities.”
Distribution of the Farmers handbook and posters will begin this month.
The Fairtrade Farm Advisory Services Project is one of several projects
implemented by SPC and financed by the EU in Fiji’s sugarcane belt.
These projects are linked to the EU’s Accompanying Measures for Sugar
Protocol (AMSP) programme and aim to help strengthen rural sugar-income
dependent communities in response to the EU’s Sugar Price Reform and
the adverse conditions in the sugar industry. The AMSP programme is
designed to improve the livelihoods of sugarcane dependent populations,
increase income and reduce poverty.
Source: SPC News