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Students told to study harder

Every accomplishment begins with a daring dream. This was his statement shared with students at the opening of the Fiji National University (FNU) Open Day at the FNU Campus in Koronivia yesterday by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu. Minister Seruiratu reminded the students of Government’s commitment […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 22, 2016 8:17 am

Every accomplishment begins with a daring dream.

Minister Seruiratu at the the Fiji National University Koronivia Campus open day. (FNU/Facebook)
Minister Seruiratu at the Fiji National University Koronivia Campus open day. (FNU)

This was his statement shared with students at the opening of the Fiji National University (FNU) Open Day at the FNU Campus in Koronivia yesterday by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu.

Minister Seruiratu reminded the students of Government’s commitment is to ensure that all Fijian children achieve the best in education.

SERUIRATU: “Government is sponsoring fifty scholarships each year to support a 24 months Certificate III in Commercial Agriculture programme at FNU. This trains students in various agricultural disciplines to establish commercial agriculture in the country. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, accommodation and other boarding expenses during the first year of the programme. Upon graduation, each student can apply for a loan package to cover the cost of farm land, basic farm implements and some start up cash.”

Minister Seruiratu opening FNU Koronivia new veterinary laboratory yesterday. (FNU/Facebook)
Minister Seruiratu opening FNU Koronivia new veterinary laboratory yesterday. (FNU)

Minister Seruiratu said this initiative will enhance Government’s goal of import substitution, provide employment and promote healthy living.

Meanwhile, the Fiji National University also celebrated three significant events in its calendar.

Apart from its open day celebration, the campus also celebrated Veterinary Day and also the opening of its new veterinary laboratory by the Minister for Agriculture.

Students at Koronivia during the FNU open day yesterday. (FNU/Facebook)
Students at Koronivia during the FNU open day yesterday. (FNU)

Minister Seruiratu said that veterinarians play a vital role play in providing effective surveillance of animal diseases and zoonosis throughout the world.

SERUIRATU: “They are key professionals providing essential services in a range of areas ranging from farm and wild animals practice, working with the food industry on food safety and world health issues.”

He said that new challenges such as trans-boundary diseases means that veterinarians will need to build capacity and be up to date with modern science and technology.

SERUIRATU: “New demands for involvement of the profession include bio-security and the threats of bio-terrorism, the protection of our world’s biodiversity, the protection of our environment and the sustainable management of our natural resources.”

Minister Seruiratu said FNU is making a commitment to provide the best training to veterinary students thereby supporting the government in its quest of combating animal health issues and food security.

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