The new Vision statement of intent however focuses on turning the sector around from high level chemical inputs farming systems and the struggle against imported foods towards agro-ecological driven farming systems geared mainly towards regaining the local markets and engaging with the future generations.
It is composed of four short but strong key element statements:
- Testing one
- Testing two
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The Ministry of Agriculture is developing its Sector Plan called the (Food and Agriculture Sector Master Plan 2030) as the overarching framework for current and new policies in the making. The intention of the sector plan is to give stronger foundation on how best policy can facilitate in achieving its goals, target best opportunities and provide transparent problem solving procedures. As we await this exciting framework to come into play, the Sector plan 2030 is currently developed through vigorous consultation process fed from farmers and growers of the nation by the Pa Enua of the Northern group and the Southern group Islands. Industries like the Nono (noni) associations, specialized farmers in specific crop intensification, to market vendors, part-time, subsistence and commercial growers, livestock farmers, retailers and wholesalers, traditional leaders, government stakeholders and non government organisations are making enormous contributions in shaping our National Agriculture Plan for the next 10 years. While we are guided under the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) as the aspirations for Cook Islands, we also reflect to best practices under the government financial policies and procedures manual as well the Public Service Act 2009. Our regional partners with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is working closely with the Ministry to ensure our policies are robust enough for donor assistance aligned to our country strategic development targets, intentions and commitments.
The Ministry of Agriculture has three policy levels: