THE official groundbreaking ceremony of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama's Cakaudrove Research Centre has marked the beginning of the Australian-funded $1.3million project.
Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu said the province had produced many good leaders in the political sector, including other sectors of leadership, and that the province had been part of many initiatives upholding the roles of women in development.
He challenged the men of Cakaudrove to "walk the talk in ensuring women had equal chances in the development of the province".
"I have been told that the name of the project is Ai Tatadra literally meaning — The Dream project, however, the event today brings us to reality," said Ratu Naiqama.
"The changes that happen today will greatly affect our culture and tradition as there are going to be trying times and there are more that calls for the joint effort of the people of Cakaudrove.
"I encourage each one of you to hold true to your promise and the roles you have promised to hold during this project."
Ratu Naiqama reminded his people there was a need for transparency, especially in the handling of funds given to them from the Australian High Commission, saying there must be proper auditing and transparency.
Acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles hailed the project as a significant one and the first of its kind for rural women in Fiji.