Fiji Time: 4:03 AM on Friday 6 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Initiative calls for responsibility

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FARMING is a profession and people need to shift from the subsistence mentality to a commercial mentality.

Newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu said the initiative announced by the government on the loans provided to students who wished to become farmers was exciting yet challenging.

However, he said this would come with great responsibility.

"This initiative is very much appreciated and we hope that with the involvement of all stakeholders we should be able to achieve more as per the intentions of government," Lt-Col Seruiratu said.

"Empowering our youths with the necessary skills and knowledge is very critical," said Lt-Col Seruiratu.

He said they would put in place programs for each recipient who qualified for the scholarships.

Lt-Col Seruiratu said this was where farm management and extension methods would come in.

"We need to have plans in place, we need to set programs for them most importantly monitoring them very closely particularly when we are dealing with taxpayers' money," he said.

"We have the responsibility to monitor the programs very closely not only for the sake of the funds that have been allocated but for the economy — for the growth that we need to achieve.

"When we monitor closely we will minimise the risks of losses and increase the productivity as expected."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ali praises PM
  2. Against torture
  3. Eggplant beats papaya sales for the first time
  4. Committee voices disappointment
  5. Fiji Police entertain the 'Queen'
  6. Police warn farmers
  7. IT academy opens doors
  8. Refrain from eating, killing turtles
  9. Call for independent body
  10. State firms doing well

Top Stories this Week

  1. Porn search: Fiji in top ten Friday (27 Feb)
  2. Dead in early morning plunge Friday (27 Feb)
  3. Leap of faith Monday (02 Mar)
  4. Two appear in court Tuesday (03 Mar)
  5. Face for a book Monday (02 Mar)
  6. A-G: Don't interfere Tuesday (03 Mar)
  7. For sale! Sunday (01 Mar)
  8. New uniform for institution Wednesday (04 Mar)
  9. Father of taxi debate Monday (02 Mar)
  10. Looking at the big picture in 7s rugby Monday (02 Mar)