Fifteen dairy farmers will now be able to apply their newly-acquired skills and knowledge on dairy farms after graduating from a three-month course for dairy production at the Navuso Agricultural Technical Institute today.
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka officiated at the graduation ceremony, highlighting the important role that young farmers play in shaping Fiji’s agriculture sector.
He congratulated the graduates for their dedication and perseverance in completing the Level 2 National Certificate in Agriculture for Dairy Production course.
“Your accomplishments deserve applause from me, the Minister for Agriculture, officials, and your families must be the proudest people here today. You have come this far, keep going,” said Prime Minister Rabuka.
In acknowledging the history of the dairy industry in Fiji, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the pioneers who have contributed to its growth over the past century.
He stressed the need for collaborative efforts to overcome challenges facing the industry, including technological limitations, disease outbreaks, land lease issues, and market dynamics.
PM Rabuka also took the opportunity to reaffirm the government’s unwavering support for the dairy industry.
“The government will continue to support the industry to enable its growth and stakeholders can feel the impacts through their livelihood initiative,” he added.
He urged the graduates to work towards improving dairy production on their farms.
“The government relies on you to play that critical technical role on your farms and in your communities so we can realize that much-awaited growth in the dairy industry,” Prime Minister Rabuka remarked.
“Embrace innovation, think critically, and foster a spirit of collaboration. The problems we face today require collective solutions. Congratulations again and my best wishes for a bright and promising future. “
For 26-year-old Tavua farmer, Ravishek Ravnil Prasad, being part of the training was eye-opening and a great opportunity to expand his family’s dairy business.
“I joined my father in our dairy business in 2020, and to be part of this training has further enriched my understanding of dairy production. I express my gratitude to the government and trainers for their invaluable assistance.”
The dairy production course is another initiative by the People’s Coalition Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, to empower rural farmers, and also to support the dairy industry in Fiji.
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