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FHEC recognises certificates

Luke Rawalai
Friday, December 15, 2017

GRADUATES from the youth training centre in Macuata who hold Certificate 3 in General Agriculture can now procure their agriculture diplomas directly from tertiary institutions.

This was after the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) recognised the Naleba Youth Training Centre certificates recently.

Ministry of Youth's north administrator Shalendra Bishwa said youths graduating with the certificate program could now directly enter the diploma program without doing other pre-requisite courses.

Mr Bishwa said today 17 youths would graduate from the Naleba Youth Training Centre with their certificates.

"These youths now have the opportunity to further their education and get agriculture diplomas in tertiary institutions.

"At the same time, the youths can also use the knowledge they gleaned during their four-month course to begin their own organic farming businesses.

"Youths are taught in organic agricultural practices in the duration of the course." Mr Bishwa said the 17 youth graduating hailed from the three provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata.

Earlier, Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu revealed that Fiji intended to fully tap into organic farming.

Mr Seruiratu said the ministry was adamant to venture into this sector, citing it as a lucrative market for the country's agriculture sector.

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