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State gives agro scholarships with $2000 incentive

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, January 26, 2013

THE government is providing 50 scholarships for agricultural studies and 1200 engineering scholarships for students at the Fiji National University.

Speaking at the Bua Provincial Council meeting at Naulumatua House yesterday, FNU Labasa branch senior lecturer Filimoni Saumaki said the scholarships would be spread around the country.

The 50 agricultural scholarships worth $70,000 includes a lump sum of $2000, which will be awarded to students to begin their agricultural business ventures.

"However, applications for the agricultural scholarship have been closed," said Mr Saumaki.

"1200 (engineering) scholarships are still open as applications have not closed yet and we are encouraging the people of Bua to encourage their youths to making good use of the opportunity. FNU will also be venturing into a two-week workshop at Naikavaki Junior Secondary School where it will be offering a range of courses which will assist youths in rural areas.

"These courses include plumbing, electrical wiring, child and elderly care, front office management, sea safety and certificate in boat master and other courses which will be provided at no cost."

Mr Saumaki said the courses depended on the number of students willing to take them.

"We are encouraging district representatives to spread the good message to their people."