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Reproductive Health Manual to Launch

A manual on sexual and reproductive health will be launched soon. The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou revealed this in Parliament yesterday while delivering his ministerial statement. He
10 Feb 2017 11:00
Reproductive Health Manual to Launch
Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.

A manual on sexual and reproductive health will be launched soon.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou revealed this in Parliament yesterday while delivering his ministerial statement.

He said the manual would be used by peer educators and youth administrators.

Mr Tuitubou said the manual was aimed to empower youths in Fiji.

He said it would empower young Fijians while they underwent training from youth administrators.

Mr Tuitubou said this was the result of a longstanding working relationship with the United Nations Population Fund and many other stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

The manual would address the reproductive health needs of every young Fijian.

“The Ministry will again capitalise on the formal education approach to ensure that the manual archives maximum positive impact and positive reproductive health benefits,” Mr Tuitubou said.

Ginger farming a promising industry

It has been projected that ginger farming has a hopeful future as far as the development of Fiji’s agriculture sector is concerned.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu said that the ginger commodity sources were promising and the industry had performed well since 2014.

Mr Seruiratu said they were working with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to explore more opportunities in organic ginger farming. He said a small country like Fiji needed to find ways in order to penetrate into the international market.

Mr Seruiratu said they funded around 504 farmers with 223,000 kilograms of planting materials in Tailevu,  Naitasiri, Namosi and Rewa.

They had extended their assistance to ginger farmers Ra and the Lau Group, he said.

Mr Seruiratu said ginger products from Fiji were currently at the international and domestic market.

He said farming produce programmes made positive contributions to Fiji’s agricultural sector.

Mr Seruiratu said the events of Tropical Cyclone Winston and TD04F had an impact on Fiji’s agricultural sector.

Yaqona farming, he said, was one of the most affected during the natural disasters.

He said they were currently working on finding a solution to address the issues of soil productivity in Taveuni and they had moved into finding opportunities in Tailevu for yaqona farming.

Mr Seruiratu said there was a need for aggressive marketing in order to maintain our markets abroad.

He said dalo farming was heavily affected after Tropical Cyclone Winston as well, and had dropped by 3 per cent on production.

Boost for fisheries sector

Government is working with international partners to improve the standard of the Fiji’s fisheries sector.

This was revealed by Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau.

He said one of these international partners was China.

“The Hainan province in China has already started the first phase of financial assistance to assist the marine culture project based in Makogai.

“Noting the similarities of the intent of the two countries in trying to advance in giant clam culture and other high level reef species culture and observing the skilled team in Fiji,” Mr Koroilavesau.

He added that initial discussions with specialists from China in aquaculture were successfully conducted.

“Guadong province from China has shown investment interests in jetty and fisheries superstructure and already has visited Fiji on a scoping visit last year,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

He said an aquaculture expert on prawns from the United States negotiated with the ministry and would be rendering his services to assist Fiji’s aquaculture.

Mr Koroilavesau said the ministry was also awaiting the outcome of a scoping and feasibility study visit by the Korean International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) in pursuance of Geo-Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion power plants for cold storage in the maritime zone.

“This will assist in post-harvest preservation and storage when it is established,” he said.

Mr Koroilavesau said Fiji’s marine resource inventory surveys were currently reviewed.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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