AGRICULTURE Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu opened FNU's new 2000-acre farm in Navua yesterday.
FNU vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand called the 'UniFarm' opening a "milestone achievement," which would allow agriculture students to get hands-on experience through living on the farm.
"The world has become increasingly aware that agricultural productivity must be a priority to alleviate poverty and meet the rising expectations of millions of people in the Asia Pacific Region," he said.
"It is our hope that UniFarm will nurture the people that this country needs, to be such leaders."
He added the farm, would be able to house up to 1000 students once the dorm was completed and would also help supply the FNU campuses around the country with agricultural produce.
Lt-Col Seruiratu said Fiji's agriculture sector, given the right technology and human resources, had great potential.
"Fiji has a lot of potential to develop its primary industries to make our country self-sufficient and increasing volume, quantity, quality and mix of our export products," he said.
Education Minister Filipe Bole was also present, and he commended the project, calling it "ideal" for the training of Fiji's next generation of farmers.
The ministers and vice-chancellor took a tour of the farm's cattle ranch, fish farm and piggery following the ceremony.