According to the sources, it has been reported that HIS Excellency, the President, Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote visited the Koronivia Research Station to see first-hand the new variety of rice. It has been revealed that the China-Aid Agricultural Development Project on Vanua Levu and Koronivia in Fiji commenced on January 2015 and will end on December 2016. Further, during the visit, the President Konrote stated that Government aims to be self-sufficient in rice production to cut back on the import bill and to ensure the food security for Fiji.
Furthermore, he narrated that he is very glad to note that he is the first President to visit the Koronivia Research Station and as the lead advocator of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).He also stated that he wants to learn more on rice production in terms of organic farming methods. The project aims to increase rice production through Chinese expertise, technologies, varieties selection and breeding .In addition, to have a provision of agricultural machinery, training of local staff and farmers. It was also told that in last year, a total of 336 sets of agricultural machinery and equipments under the project were dispatched to respective production areas.