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Navuso Agriculture School – Making A Comeback

The students of the Methodist Church in Fiji- owned Navuso Agriculture School are Fiji’s future farmers. It is a known fact that over many years, the Methodist Church in Fiji
01 Feb 2015 09:14
Navuso Agriculture School – Making A Comeback
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainmarama (right), meets Fiji Corrections Service inmate Tomasi Buli,who studies at the Navuso Agriculture School. Photo: Rama

The students of the Methodist Church in Fiji- owned Navuso Agriculture School are Fiji’s future farmers.

It is a known fact that over many years, the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma has done the nation a great service by producing many young farmers to contribute to Fiji’s agricultural base.

In those days, Navuso was a highly respected institution.

Students were trained to be farmers and that tradition continued for some years.

Speaking at opening of a boys’ hostel at Navuso, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said – “But over time, I think we can all agree that Navuso lost its way. This was a great shame.

“Because that neglect was not only at the cost of the livelihood of many ordinary Fijians with an ambition to take up farming, but the nation’s food production as a whole.”

Now Government is moving in to lend its support to revamp Navuso and help it bounce back.

We know that the Prime Minister Bainimarama-led Government’s relationship with the Methodist Church has not always been easy. They have had some strong differences over the church’s proper role in national life.

Putting that aside the Prime Minister in his visit to the school last Friday said – “I want to emphasise our unity of purpose – not our differences – when I say that the Government fully supports Navuso’s core objective to train farmers for one of Fiji’s most important priorities.”

He has urged the students to take advantage of the education revolution that this Government has provided – working hand in hand with institutions like the Methodist Church – to seize the opportunities that have been given to them. “Work as hard as you can. Dream big dreams. Reach for the stars.”

By wanting to be a farmer, this Government regards the students as one of the most important development partners they have in improving their lives and developing Fiji’s economy.

They should now go away from just planting for the family.

They should now grow crops or rear animals for their own needs and the needs of their community. “We need to move Fiji in the direction of larger scale food production and that means acquiring new skills as you move through your studies,” the PM said.

They need to learn not only how to grow things and rear animals, but the more commercial aspects of farming.

Government with its education revolution has all that students require to become a farmer.

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