MPG committed to revitalise Fote, Dala agriculture centres


MALAITA provincial government is committed to a proposal with Solomon Islands National University (SINU) to revitalise Dala Farm Centre and Fote Agriculture Technical School.

Caretaker premier of Malaita province Martin Fini made the assurance in his speech during a visit by President of IFAD Alvaro Lario and his delegation to Gwounaoa community in Malaita province on Saturday.

He said his caretaker government is promoting the initiative to revitalise Dala and Fote Agriculture centres to host SINU in Malaita province.

Fini said the idea for the initiative is to absorb better education for the current and future generations of Malaita and Solomon Islands that will pave way for people to engage in agribusinesses in the country.

He said the fulfilment of the initiative will promote self-reliance; income generating and address urban drifting especially for Malaitans to Honiara and across the country in search of employment.

“We strongly value agriculture sector as our main industry for economic growth to create more employment opportunities and income in value adding and downstream processing.

“Ensure there is safe and healthy setting for everyone to enjoy small scale trade and better activity in agriculture and the food processing sector in its commercial value chain,” Fini said.

He said as Malaita province is striving to create a greater Auki commercial centre, the initiative will be a boost for more Malaitans to engage in agribusinesses and activities.

Fini said this will ensure there is a participative, sustainable, progressive and enjoyable commercial Auki centre for five regional, social and economic corridors in Malaita.

He said Malaita provincial government will continue to pursue the initiative with SINU to see the fulfilment of the proposal in Malaita province.

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