Secretary of Agriculture Temarama Anguna-Kamana. 18092836
The Ministry of Agriculture is continuing to assist and supply farmers with fertiliser on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.
Head of Ministry Temarama
Anguna-Kamana made this comment after a grower informed Cook Islands News there
has been no fertiliser on the island for over a month.
Anguna-Kamana said they have received
a container of fertiliser which was provided for sale to farmers both on
Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.
“We have placed another order which
we hope to receive in the next month pending the supply in New Zealand and
“Our fertiliser is supplied to
farmers on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua and so does run out fast, but we aim to
assist where we are able mindful of the supply chain of farming inputs,” she
Earlier this year, the Ministry of
Agriculture announced an increase in the price of fertiliser due to the supply
chain disruptions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the impacts of the
ongoing war in Ukraine.
Anguna-Kamana said this contributed
to a significant increase in world market prices of key commodities such as
grains, fertiliser, crude oil, and animal feeds, all of which are critical
inputs for the efficient and proper functioning of national food systems.
Meanwhile, the Public Service
Commission’s annual report, which was tabled in Parliament recently, showed the
Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture recorded the highest
rankings, with 99 per cent and 97 per cent respectively.
The PSC annual report stated that the
ministry performed above average across its four outputs, despite a challenging
workload arising from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and a shortage of