Global price volatility – A huge risk for government, says A-G

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum speaking at the talanoa session in Lomaivuna, Naitasiri, on Thurs 26th May 2022. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says global price volatility is a huge risk for government and Fijians need to dig into more local food instead of imports.

“We don’t know how high the fuel will go up, we don’t know when the wheat pricing will stop going up,” he said during a talanoa session in Lomaivuna yesterday.

“That’s why I said people will have to start used to the idea of eating more Fijian food. “Instead of buying bread for breakfast, you can have cassava.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said climate change and the need for people to stay healthy was also a risk for government.

“I remember as a kid in 1972, there was Hurricane Bebe, big cyclone, the next big cyclone that came after that was 10 years later.

“Now we get three cyclones in one season.

“The second risk of course is that we still need to make sure that we still remain healthy, you know something to talk about is there could be another variant of the pandemic, we don’t know what’s going to happen.

“There’s now one monkeypox going around, you get these huge lesions, it’s contagious, but people are not dying from it but it creates fear among people.

“As we said when we get vaccinated, it’s not about your health and your family’s health and your community’s health or nation’s health, it’s also how other people will see it.

“If Australians who want to come and holiday in Fiji and see that Fiji’s vaccination rate is very low, they’ll say ‘don’t go there, it’s not a safe place’.”

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