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Change in mind-set needed

Maciu Malo
Saturday, August 03, 2013

NAVOSA youths and young farmers have been urged to make use of the newly introduced agriculture program at Navosa Central College.

The program is offered at the college by the Fiji National University and funded by the government.

Professor Paras Nath, the Dean for the FNU's Fiji College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests, said one of the aims of setting up the program was to train young farmers the finer techniques and methods of farming that best suited them.

He said there was a need to change the mind-set of the young farmers to move away from subsistence farming and focus on commercial one.

"We should produce young farmers so the young generation should be trained on new methods of land utilisation to encourage them into the agriculture sector," said Prof Nath.

"Our aim is to make these youths not to become job seekers but to be job creators so that the purpose of this program is achieved."

Prof Nath said another objective was to lessen Fiji's dependence on imported agricultural produce.

"Most of the food items are imported from overseas and this is one area we will address.

"We have acres of land here in Fiji that can be used for many types of agricultural farming and the main concern is finding ways for better utilisation of these available land."