Livestock officers graduate

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu with the graduates after their graduation. Picture: SUPPLIED

THIRTY-ONE livestock officers of the Ministry of Agriculture graduated as para-veterinarians after completing 16 weeks of Introductory Paravet training modules earlier this week.
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu said people with the right attitude was needed.
“This is the way forward for this ministry and not people with qualification who cannot apply the knowledge that they have, the skills or even with the wrong attitude,” Mr Seruiratu said.
“You are to be the agent of change, the way you see things. You need to adopt and adapt to changes so that we can survive particularly in this competitive globalize world.”
He said change was something that we could not avoid.
“It can be positive, it can be better. There are also risks in changes. It can be mitigated, avoided, reduced or learn to live with and manage the risks particularly when the future is uncertain, we need to act smartly and be prepared for the unforeseen circumstances that we may encounter,” he said.
“Progress is impossible without change. People who cannot change their paradigm cannot change their behaviour. If you cannot hook on to the vision of the Ministry, you do not belong to the Ministry because you will be more burdens rather than an asset.”
He added the journey was modernising Fiji’s agriculture sector and contribution to the globe and the development of the country.
“Put your interests aside, what should be paramount in this journey is you and I are called to serve in this Ministry as the interest of government and the people of Fiji,” he said.
“We can have the best resources, finances, technology and equipment but if we have the wrong people in the organisation we are not going to achieve our goals and for that we need to cultivate our people.”
He also urged the graduates to learn to work with the ministry stakeholders and not work in isolation and leaders to create the environment where this graduates could shine.