CAPTION: Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto addresses the students.
1. AGRICULTURE SHOW GROWS INTEREST – The 2013 Crest Agriculture Show will coincide with theCommonwealth Veterinary Association Conference that will be held in Nadi following a request from the participants to visit the show.
2. MINISTER JOINS STUDENTS AT LAUTOKA SPORTS DAY – Government’s commitment towards providing sporting facilities and services around the country was highlighted today to students of Lautoka Methodist Primary School.
3. GOVERNMENT INKS MOU TO PROMOTE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports today signed a memorandum of understanding with Global Vision International to promote development amongst youths and their socio economic well-being today.
1 AGRICULTURE SHOW GROWS INTEREST
Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu said that the show’s growing popularity continues to attract people from all walks of life to view, learn, buy, sell or just to have a good time with the mini competitions or entertainments provided during the event.
“The show is also a platform for Careers Expo to inform our school children, women and our youth that they can make a decent living or career in the agriculture sector,” Mr Seruiratu said.
“This year’s theme “Agriculture for Fiji’s Health and Wealth” was coined to capture the importance of agriculture in ensuring a healthy and wealthy Fiji and its citizens.”
“It is also to remind us that in our pursuit of health and wealth through agriculture, we must also stay focussed on the need to maintain a balance of having a healthy and wealthy biodiversity.”
Minister Seruiratu added that in order to capture the essence of this message, there will be four full days of displays of agriculture, fisheries and forestry produce and products, technologies and demonstrations.
“Due to the success of the 2012 Agriculture Show in Lautoka and the demand from the people in the Western Division, the Ministry will again hold this year’s events in Lautoka,” Mr Seruiratu said.
The minister also said that in the lead up to the major event, the Ministry will hold a number of shows, but on a much smaller scale, in selected areas around Fiji including the Northern Division.
The 2013 Crest Agriculture Show is scheduled to take place on from the 3 – 7 September 2013 and will be the fourth time for the Ministry of Agriculture to hold this event.
2 MINISTER JOINS STUDENTS AT LAUTOKA SPORTS DAY
Government’s commitment towards providing sporting facilities and services around the country was highlighted today to students of Lautoka Methodist Primary School.
The Youth and Sports Minister Viliame Naupoto met with students today and addressed them at their sports day.
“As children, sports is all about giving our best,” he said.
“Sports right now at primary school age is not about competing but about enjoying.”
Minister Naupoto told the students that there needs to be a balance between sporting excellence and academic achievements. He highlighted in particular those athletes who are making a career through sports.
“However in order to become successful, there are a lot of other elements that is associated such as being hardworking, dedicated, giving your best, being grateful to God for the talent, being safe and healthy and being persistent and keep trying,” Minister Naupoto said.
“However the biggest asset in excelling in sports is ‘be sure to have fun’,” Commander Naupoto said.
The Minister also paid tribute to the many Fijian professional athletes who continue to “put Fiji on the world map”.
“Out of the $300 million that is recorded as remittance annually about one third is from sports people who send money back home to assist their families.”
3 GOVERNMENT INKS MOU TO PROMOTE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports today signed a memorandum of understanding with Global Vision International to promote development amongst youths and their socio economic well-being today.
Global Vision International is a volunteer scheme that promotes conservation measures to address pressing and prevailing issues faced by communities
The Ministry of Youth permanent secretary Mr Joseva Sania said that today’s development will solidify the ground work for community development in Fiji.
“Fiji is fortunate to be in partnership with GVI an international organization that believes strongly in the transformative power of participating in international volunteer work, international education and cultural exchange”, Mr Sania said.
He pointed out that a team from his department visited GVI projects sites in Yasawa earlier this year, including areas of construction projects and education, marine conservation projects, rainwater harvesting and agricultural diversification project.
He said that through this survey, government expressed its interest in commencing a partnership programme with GVI to allow the same concept to be used by other youth in the country.
Global Vision International representative Dan Laund said there is now a greater variety of opportunities for youth through the introduction to new skills or enrichment of education.
“Many great initiatives exist but keeping them going can be challenging but we need to encourage and empower our youths to strive for the best,” Mr Laund said.