THE Methodist Church in Fiji hopes it can make money from the land given to it by the vanua if the Navuso Agricultural School pilot project is successful.
"Navuso Agricultural School is now becoming not just a school but also a business arm of the church through cattle farming and other forms of agriculture which will help the church with its work," church secretary for communications Reverend James Bhagwan said.
"So if it is done well in Navuso, it can be replicated in the other land owned by the church."
He said the church was looking into ways of managing its assets and becoming an effective steward to its resources which in turn, could offset the burden on its members in raising funds for the church.
"The largest portion of funds for the church is through the membership fee that each member pays which is $15.
"Then we have remnant giving where one tenth of the confirmed members are asked to give money. We receive, also, donations from partner churches overseas and we have the Methodist Holding Trust which is the money from all the properties that the church owns.
"The pilot project of Navuso, we hope, will pick up and also raise money for the church that will help us operate."
Mr Bhagwan said the church's Land and Registration Unit was working on surveying the land to establish the boundaries and size.
"The Land and Registration Unit is currently looking at the land given to the church by the vanua on Viti Levu and they hope to complete that by end of next year. This process obviously is a long one and it will take up to three years to establish just how much land we're dealing with.
"Once that is done, we hope that we can encourage the local churches in those locations to make use of the land for the church. If the Navuso farm, our pilot project, is successful, that can be replicated in the divisions and they can have circuit level and divisional level farms."