Agriculture

Labasa youth achieve agriculture certification

Twelve youth from around Vanua Levu graduated with a Certificate III in General Agriculture after successfully completing 12 weeks of agricultural training in Labasa. As part of their three-month agriculture training, they were also taught financial literacy and the Seeds of Success programme which are part of the Ministry’s training offer aimed at equipping youth […]

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December 20, 2016 7:14 am

Twelve youth from around Vanua Levu graduated with a Certificate III in General Agriculture after successfully completing 12 weeks of agricultural training in Labasa.

Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports Alison Burchell with graduates of Naleba Youth Training Centre.
Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports Alison Burchell with graduates of Naleba Youth Training Centre.

As part of their three-month agriculture training, they were also taught financial literacy and the Seeds of Success programme which are part of the Ministry’s training offer aimed at equipping youth with adequate knowledge to affect their daily lives positively.

While officiating at their graduation ceremony, Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Alison Burchell, challenged the young farmers to practise what they learned and urged them to pass on the skills and the knowledge gathered to their fellow youth and members of the community.

“You must teach one another using what you have learnt and make sure people from the village also benefit from what you have been taught,” she told the graduates.

“Full-time farming will not only help with food security but will also generate enough income for yourselves. It is indeed a profession and not a past-time; it is for men as well as women.

This will also help to utilise unused land which is in abundance here in the country,” she added.

Ms Burchell also emphasised the need to address improving communication between elders and youth and requested parents to listen to and understand their children while also calling on young people to reciprocate by respecting their elders.

Kini Vakaceguvakabua, a graduate, who had no regrets about taking up farming after nine years of teaching, said that he was proud to till the land.

“I’m my boss now, and I can earn much more in my farm, and I can rest assured that my hard work will be adequately rewarded accordingly,” said Mr Vakaceguvakabua.

He said he would impart the knowledge gained to his friends in the village and encouraged them to see farming as a business adding that he looked forward to furthering his training to the next level.

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