Education

Graduates encouraged to practice farming as a business

A total of 15 graduates received their certificates for a five-month course which included students from the Western Division, Central and Northern Division. The Ministry of Agriculture Deputy Secretary (Corporate Services and Planning) Maca Tulakepa said the unemployed youths through the Certificate in Agriculture programme are getting a second chance in life at the graduation […]

DEPTFO

July 7, 2016 6:55 am

A total of 15 graduates received their certificates for a five-month course which included students from the Western Division, Central and Northern Division.

Graduates at the Nasau Training Centre. (DEPTFO)
Graduates at the Nasau Training Centre. (DEPTFO)

The Ministry of Agriculture Deputy Secretary (Corporate Services and Planning) Maca Tulakepa said the unemployed youths through the Certificate in Agriculture programme are getting a second chance in life at the graduation ceremony at the Nasau Training Centre in Nadroga.

TULAKEPA: “This is made possible through training these youths to become informed young farmers who could make full use of the abundant natural resources that we have and keeping the sustainable management of these resources.”

Mrs Tulakepa also commended the staff of the Centre for facilitating the training which focused on:

  • Organic Agriculture and its benefits
  • Utilisation of land
  • Crop, vegetable and livestock production
  • Compost making (Bokashi)
  • Waste Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Leadership skills

The training Centre also engages in other projects such as the Coral and Mangrove restoration projects as part of the training which focuses on the theme from the Ridge to Reef.

Deputy secretary corporate services Maca Tulakepa at the opening of the resource centre at the Nasau Training Centre in Nadroga. (DEPTFO)
Deputy secretary corporate services Maca Tulakepa at the opening of the resource centre at the Nasau Training Centre in Nadroga. (DEPTFO)

Mrs Tulakepa added that she was pleased to note that the focus of the training is on Organic Agriculture which is in line with the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and government to see that Organic Farming is supported in Fiji and expanded across the country.

TULAKEPA: “In line with the Fiji 2020 Agriculture Sector Policy Agenda, the Ministry will continue to modernise agriculture, improve coordination of support services, improve policy formulation, appropriate investment and integrate infrastructure development.”

Mrs Tulakepa stated that the Ministry of Agriculture is committed to providing its services to farmers in particular youths that want to take up farming as a profession and as a business through the various Agriculture Officers located around Fiji.

These services include the provision of technical advice and extension services to farmers and to the general public, with the objective of improving agricultural productivity, efficiency and living standards.

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