7 Sep 2011

CNMI farmers lay out priorities to make agriculture the top industry

4:54 pm on 7 September 2011

Farmers in the Northern Marianas are calling for a central market and a reliable irrigation system to revive agriculture in the Commonwealth.

Ramon Camacho of the Saipan Sabalu Farmers Market says the industry's been compromised by a lack of equipment, efficient and low-cost irrigation, and streamlined distribution.

Mr Camacho says local government does not own any farm equipment which farmers could use even for a fee and they should have access to technical advice.

He says 450 thousand dollars needs to be spent to make it the CNMI's top industry.