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Export market plans

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, March 31, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama wants the Agriculture Ministry to brief him on the proposed export market at Navuso Agricultural School.

During his visit to the school yesterday, Commodore Bainimarama was advised by school manager Reverend Malakai Tuikadavu of plans to set up an export market at the school that will benefit not only the students and the school, but Fiji's economy as a whole.

Commodore Bainimarama also advised the ministry to come up with costs for the project.

He said the initiative would be a good idea so students could set their goals and work towards them knowing they could market their product overseas.

According to Mr Tuikadavu, the school is working on a few other projects that will increase the interest in farming with young farmers taking up farming as a business.

He said the school aimed to alleviate poverty with more farmers improving their income-generating capacity.

Mr Tuikadavu said they were trying to curb the issue of urban drift by providing necessary assistance to their students so that they returned to their villages and focused on farming.

The school yesterday requested for a digger, tractor, annual government grant and scholarship and incentives from the Prime Minister. Sixty-five students are enrolled in the agricultural program.