Mr Ropate Ligairi is the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture. He spent 31 years with Ministry having started as a Field Assistant in 1981. He was promoted to Agricultural Extension Office in 1983 then moved to the Fiji College of Agriculture where he as a Lecturer in 1989 than a Senior Lecturer and Principal of the College in 2002. In 2009 he was promoted to Divisional Agricultural Officer Northern than Director Extension in 2010 until his promotion to his current position as Deputy Secretary Agriculture Development on 17/04/12.
Mr Ligairi holds a Master of Commerce specializing in Management and Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific (USP), a Master of Science in Development Training and Education from the University of Wolverhampton and a Bachelor of Agriculture in 1981 from USP.