We say this time and time again, but who does something about it?
Here is a letter to the Fiji Times today where the writer once again says that thinking local is what is needed, forget about all the fancy imports, and so on.
IT is common knowledge that Fiji is part of the global economic crisis. To solve this problem, we need to take some steps that will benefit the government and the public. Here are some ways in which Fiji's economy can be boosted:
Buy locally grown vegetables and products (e.g. butter, milk, garments, footwear instead of buying imported ones.
Export more products, that is, garments, tuna, kava, cassava.
Boost tourism industry through: a) organising art festivals or cultural events which will advertise Fiji's handicrafts, local dances. b) promoting eco-tourism through setting up endangered birds and animal parks in various towns across the country, and encouraging tourists to take tasks such as hiking or mountain climbing.
Recycle plastic bags, bottles, papers and even food waste for de-composing so locals can buy local mad manure for growing vegetables in their own backyard.
Plastic bags should be eliminated and reusable bags should come in place.
Encourage farmers to do more cash farming.
Encourage production of more local products and vegetables.
Try to improve human resources management.
Many people are getting unemployed because of this governmental factor and crisis while they can take jobs that improve standard of living and increase productivity.
Any unemployed person can work as a street sweeper, rubbish collector, delivery boy, craftsman, artist, baby sitter, poultry farmer, private tutor, handyman, or carpenter to name a few.
I hope the public will make some changes in the economy so all of us benefit.
ANA MARIA ASIOLI