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Landowners Learn How To Use Income Better Thanks To TTFB

“The learnings from this pilot project will be replicated to other sectors of agriculture and fisheries.”
21 Jun 2022 16:28
Landowners Learn How To Use Income Better Thanks To TTFB
iTaukei Trust Fund Board business analyst, James McGoon, (front row, third from left) with the Western Division resource owners at the Navunisareki Enterprise yard in Lautoka on June 17, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Enabling resource owners to use the money and/or royalties to its full potential is at the heart of the iTaukei Trust Fund Board’s entrepreneurship framework.

In what was its first social leadership training villagers in the Western Division the board, in collaboration with Navunisareki Enterprise held a training for landowners.

The one-day training was held at Lauwaki Village in Lautoka last Friday.

The 31 resource owners who were part of the training were from prominent logging villages in Dreke, Nagado, Lauwaki and Sabeto. Navunisareki Enterprise is a logging and pruning company based in Lautoka.

iTaukei Trust Fund Board business analyst, James McGoon said the intention of training was for resource owners to go through a process of putting in place a plan.

The plan will help gauge where landowners wanted to be in the next number of years and knowing how their resources will be used.

“We wanted to get them to Lauwaki Village which was developed already so they can see and also learn from the villagers in terms of what they did to achieve building of shops and the church in the village,” said Mr McGoon.

“Those in the highlands are still at the early stage of development so with these aspirations, Lauwaki Village has come this far so other villagers have got to learn from them and they also got to learn in terms of what they need to do when they return to develop a proper plan.

“The learnings from this pilot project will be replicated to other sectors of agriculture and fisheries.”

 

Testimonials

Dreke Villager from the Bulei Mataqali, Samuela Lutumailagi, 56, said he enjoyed the collaboration.

“This was a very interesting training because I know that from this workshop, we will have meaningful projects to look forward to,” he said.

He said more than villagers living in Dreke Village would benefit from the training.

Nagado Villager from Sabeto in Nadi, Meiva Qaranivalu said the programme helped her a lot.

“We want to be educated more on what happens to our resources and where we get our income from,” she said.

There are more than 2000 people living in Nagado Village.

nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 



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