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Graduates told to lift agriculture sector

Avneel Chand
Friday, December 08, 2017

FIJI needs huge improvement in agricultural productivity, says Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate.

He made the comment while addressing the graduates of Fiji National University College of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) and the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) during their graduation at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay on Wednesday.

"Fiji needs you to be part of that effort to improve agricultural productivity, whether it is a farmer, a researcher or a bureaucrat," Mr Usamate said.

"We need more commercial farmers.

"We need consistency of supply and consistency of quality in all our agricultural, fisheries and forestry products.

"You are called upon to be part of that," he said.

Mr Usamate urged the graduates of CAFF to make a significant contribution to agricultural advancement in the country, particularly in areas of research.

Meanwhile, the lone graduate of Trade Diploma in Wood Processing and Value Adding, Tomasi Lia, was overwhelmed to have finally achieved his dream.

"My particular interest of how wastage can be minimised in the wood processing industry led me to pursue this career, Mr Lia said.

"I am looking forward to joining the workforce and applying the skills that I have learnt from CAFF."

One hundred and forty-seven students graduated from NTPC.

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