Participants Guarantee System empowers women in Coral Coast
Minister says way forward for small group farmers.
The Participants Guarantee System (PGS) is the way forward for small agriculture in Fiji, a useful model for small holder’s farmer groups.
This empower women to be a cottage business owner says Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.
Mr Seruiratu officiated at the launch of the Women’s Chicken Cottage programme in conjunction with Participant Guarantee System (PGS), United Nations Development Programme and Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) at the Warwick Fiji Resort and Spa yesterday.
“This PGS village ladies chicken project will provide economic empowerment to women, initially in nine villages in the Coral Coast, and five villages in Sigatoka area.
“This will set an example for cottage industry economic empowerment, extending the work of other initiatives in this area that are provided and supported by the Bainimarama Government.”
Mr Seruiratu congratulated The Warwick Resort chain for their support in the initiative by providing training venues and meals.
“It is good to see this kind of outreach by private enterprise to the villages in the area,” he said.
The five women in each village along the Coral Coast received an incubator to run a cottage industry producing day old chickens, eggs and meat birds for sale.
Each incubator can produce up to around 40 chicks every month.
The Ministry will provide fertile eggs to kick off the first hatching and the women will provide eggs from their own chicken to make the business sustainable after that.
Daiana Legalega, 66 of Vunaniu, in Serua, was among five womenthat received their project equipment and was overwhelmed with the promises to assist their community.
“This is a good initiative to empower us women to be business owners,” she said.
“I love animals since I do stay alone and this will keep me occupied including my group back home. We have trained in this for some time and will be put to good use.”
Edited by: Selita Bolanavanua