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Author:Naicker, Premila Sadhni
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: Plant products -- Fiji
Subject: Produce trade -- Fiji , Farm produce -- Fiji
Date: 2012.
Call No.: pac HD 9000 .5 .N352 2012
BRN: 1192218
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: Agriculture and its allied activities sustain bulk of rural population in developing countries such as Fiji. Development of agricultural sector not only helps in alleviation of rural poverty but also supports sustained economic growth in the country through its forward and backward linkages with other sectors of the economy. But, the growth of agricultural sector in Fiji has been very sluggish. For designing effective development strategies a thorough understanding of the country’s agricultural situation, especially about the strengths and weaknesses of the farm production and trading systems is very essential. Keeping this research gap in view and the importance of evidence-based agricultural development planning, the present study was undertaken to analyse trends in production and export of major crop products of Fiji and to identify the constraints faced by farmers in moving forward. Knowledge of root causes of the tardy growth in production and trade of agricultural commodities helps in finding solutions for acceleration of agricultural development in the country. The study analysed time-series data for the period 1991 to 2010 for sugarcane, coconut, taro, papaya and ginger crops. Linear trend equations and growth rates were estimated for area, yield, production and export of each of the crops under study. National level data about the crops were obtained from the government sources. Data about the constraints faced in production and trading of crop products were obtained by a sample survey of farmers and exporters
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