New FNU facility to increase students’ knowledge of weather patterns

FNU CAFF Staff with the Chief Guest Pro VC Learning and Teaching Dr Eci Nabalarua at the Agro-Metereology Facility in Koronivia. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE new Agro-Meteorology facility at the Fiji National University, College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests in Koronivia will enable the students to increase their understanding and knowledge of weather patterns.

The Dean of the College, Professor Paul Ade Iji in his address at the opening of the facility last week said students will further use weather and climate information to increase or expand agriculture crops.

He said facility will provide accurate data on Fiji’s climate condition which will assist the students with proper farm planning.

He further explained that Agro-Meteorology is the branch of meteorology that deals with the relationship of weather and climate for crop and livestock production and soil management.

Professor Iji highlighted that the facility costs around $50,000 to set-up and it consists of a rain gauge, sunshine recorder, wind vane, anemometer and hydrometer.

He adds that these instruments will assist to record the wind direction, air temperature, rain amount, duration and intensity, soil moisture and sunshine duration.

Meanwhile FNU’s Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching Dr Eci Nabalarua said that the college was working on developing new post graduate programmes which will be offered in the near future.

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