More than 100 farmers participated in a training workshop organized by the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council in Naitutu Village in Tailevu earlier this week.
The workshop was aimed at improving entrepreneurship skill and agribusiness relations for inclusive economic growth and resilient livelihoods for farmers, youths and women.
Fiji Crop and Livestock Council CEO Jiu Daunivalu says a major focus of the workshop was on empowering farmers with the necessary knowledge and skills so that they have the potential to achieve higher production yields, sustainable income, poverty alleviation, food and nutrition security and resilient livelihoods.
Daunivalu says the aim is to professionalize farmers as entrepreneurs and partners in agribusiness by forging strong linkages with other farmers, buyers, financiers and other key value-chain supporters and enablers.
She adds they are receiving a steady flow of requests from farmers for more similar workshops to be held.
Daunivalu says the Council will be happy to continue the workshops depending on the availability of funds.
Representatives of key government agencies such as Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji Development Bank, Business Development Unit of the iTaukei Affairs, and Fiji Police Force Community Policing also participated in the training workshop.
The workshop was also done in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and supported by EU, IFAD, and ACP funded Farmer Organisations for Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific Program through the Pacific Islands Farmers Organisations.
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