Japan boosts Fijian youth club

Japanese ambassador to Fiji Kawakami Fumihiro handed a livestock breeding facility and equipment worth $118,923 to NAQARANIKULA youth club in Naitasiri. Puicture: Supplied

The Naqaranikula Youth Club in Naitasiri was yesterday handed a livestock breeding facility and equipment worth $118,923 by the Japanese government.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Japanese ambassador to Fiji Kawakami Fumihiro said the project was undertaken at the request of Youth and Sports Minister Parveen Kumar.

“A key part of our engagement with this project is partnering with the Fijian Government to empower the leaders of tomorrow,” Mr Fumihiro said.

“With our support, we strongly hope that youth activities will have a positive impact, not only for the youth club, but also in the improvement of youth livelihoods.

“The new farming facility will benefit the youths as well as the village through enhancing their knowledge and skills on material maintenance together with improving their know-how on sound upkeep of farm facilities.”

He said the project was aligned to the objectives of Fiji’s five and 20-Year National Development Plan (NDP) of empowering youth to be agents of change and promoting sports for development.

“Since 1990, we have funded 415 GGP projects for the sustainable development of Fiji, which are collectively worth more than $70 million.

“The ministry will provide training on livestock management, project management and financial literacy and the new farming facility that would not only benefit the youths but it will also be beneficial to the village members as a whole through enhancing their knowledge and skills on material maintenance and farm facility up keeping.”

The project was implemented under Japan’s Grant Assistance of Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to assist in improving livelihoods of the recipient youth group and its wider community and to also further the strengthening friendship between the governments and peoples of Japan and Fiji.

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