Lawyer Julian Moti was engaged by the Agriculture Ministry to review 23 items of legislation and his premature passing in 2020 delayed the method.
This, in line with the Standing Committee on Natural Resources Review Report of the ministry’s annual report for the interval January 1 to July 31, 2016.
“The review was assigned to Mr Julian Moti who had achieved a reasonable amount of progress,” the ministry stated.
“However, with his untimely passing away in December 2020, the work had stalled. Ministry of Agriculture is in discussion with the SG’s office as well as development partners and agencies to get support in this area to recommence the review and complete the work that was undertaken by late Mr Julian Moti.”
The legislation beneath review contains the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Act 1966, Ginger Council of Fiji Act 1996, Agricultural Marketing Authority Act 2004, Goat (Ear-marks) Act 1955, Banana Export and Marketing Act 1960, and Land Conservation and Improvement Act 1953.
Also beneath review are Birds and Game Protection Act 1923, Land Development Act 1961, Brands Act 1928, Meat Industry Act 1969, Coconut Industry Development Act 2010, Pesticides Act 1971, Co-operative Dairy Companies Act 1974, Pound Act 1877, Copra Industry Loans Act 1976, Protection of Animals Act 1954, Dairies Act 1965, Stock Improvement Act 1932, Dogs Act 1968, Trespass of Animals Act 1955, Fencing Act 1955, Veterinary Surgeons Act 1956 and the Fruit Export and Marketing Act 1906.
The standing committee really useful the ministry contemplate using a authorized officer to be accountable for reviewing all legislations who in flip would seek the advice of the Solicitor-General’s Office earlier than ultimate sign-off by the S-G.