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Aust gives $51k to assist schools' agriculture projects

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

THE Australian Government's direct aid program assisted 10 schools in Labasa with about $A30,000 (approximately $F51,000) for their agricultural projects this year.

In a recent interview with the Australian High Commission's second secretary Peter Lothian, he said they worked with the ACATA Trust Fiji organisation to initiate the projects in the schools.

"Now the schools not only have flower gardens but other agricultural gardens in which they can sell the produces at a later stage to generate extra income," he said.

"It's amazing how young people engage themselves in agriculture and the program is happy to assist them with funding.

"The program is a small grant facility that has been funding projects throughout Fiji.

"We have also funded a new water system in Bua this year and we are happy to be a source of blessing to the people there.

"We also funded a recent textile workshop for some women in the North and the knowledge they have gained will help them earn income for their families."

Mr Lothian said they had so far received about 30 project applications for next year.

"We don't fund individual projects but only community, groups or organisations.

"Last year, we have supported a lot of community, school, water, sanitation and income-generating projects and we hope to assist more next year.

"We have continued to receive applications and we have also requested our donors for additional funds next year."

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