In our endeavors to meet the obligations under the Montreal Protocol, Fiji has developed regulations, namely Ozone Depleting Substances Act 1998 and ODS Regulations 2010, to assist us phase-out and manage ozone-depleting substances. Furthermore, appropriate measures are put in place to monitor and control any importation of ODSs in the country.
Through the leadership of the Prime Minister, our economy has achieved ten consecutive years of unprecedented growth. We will continue to put in place enabling and sustainable policies and frameworks to build a modern, resilient and dynamic infrastructure.
These programs are set to usher in new outcomes as these programs are multi-pronged and will have long-lasting impacts on the sector and contribute more effectively towards the Ministry’s priorities.
The long term sustainable strategy for agriculture is to let demand derive production and supply. For so long, we were, silently supporting the ideology that supply will create its own demand. So we were incentivizing the farmers, giving them grants and subsidies and they continued to produce and supply. It retained retirees, leisure and part time farmers in the sector.
Here in Fiji, latest results from the 2011 STEPs Survey revealed an increase in obesity by 8.5 per cent since 2002 with an estimated 32.1 per cent of adults reported obese. As a medical doctor and Minister for Health this is of great concern to me, as the increase in obesity is always accompanied by an increase in blood pressure, hypertension and fasting blood glucose, which are all major risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.