STUDENTS from Richmond Methodist High School on Kadavu fund-raised and saved for a trip to the Crest Agriculture Show yesterday, which principal Milika Boletawa said was an eye-opener for the 43 young girls and boys.
Apart from learning about the importance of agriculture to the national economy and new innovations in farming, the students got a chance to see what tertiary courses were available should they wish to pursue a career in agriculture and livestock farming.
"It is an opportunity for our students, especially coming from a rural school, to get a taste of urban education and lifestyle," said Mrs Boletawa.
"The students experienced firsthand the various job opportunities on offer in urban areas.
"We were fortunate to be also part of this year's agriculture show where our students were urged to realise the importance of the agriculture sector towards nation-building and as a form of employment."
Mrs Boletawa said the students raised $10,000 to cover transport and food expenses for the tour.
The students visited the Sigatoka Research Station, Tavuni Hill Fort and the Kula Bird Park.
The students also visited Nadi weather station, Nadi International Airport and Fiji Airways offices before visiting FSC and the Agriculture Show in Lautoka.
They were accommodated at Ra High School last night after visiting the Fiji Water factory and Vatukoula Gold Mines.
The students head for Suva today.