Forest and Agriculture Diversification


An important constraint to implementing sustainable agriculture and forestry practices is the limited number of crops and products that our communities rely on for income generation and for their general livelihoods. Identifying and promoting currently minor agriculture and tree crops and products that have the potential to enhance the income of farmers and communities will provide a vital contribution towards the implementation of sustainable practices by our people. Through the EU-funded FACT Pilot Project, direct assistance is being provided to selected partner enterprises in both forestry and agriculture to enhance their exporting capacities.

SPC encourages school gardening
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 07:57

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division (LRD) has been actively promoting school gardening to encourage young people into agricultural and forestry sector.

One way to encourage this was supporting school gardening programme with some planting materials and gardening tools.

Recently the focus has been mainly on rural based schools however, urban schools are also targeted now so that school children change their perspective on the primary industry.


Suva’s Holy Trinity Anglican School was one of the first schools in urban areas to receive assistance worth of F$1000.00

Jalesi Mateboto and Vinesh Prasad of SPC’s Land Resource Division presented the tools and planting materials to the head teacher of the school on Friday 10th September.

“Urban children often miss on the school gardening practices and they never take it seriously because from beginning they are not exposed to agriculture.”

“This initiative will assist in developing myriad opportunities for them when it will come to their career in future.” Mr Mateboto said.

School principal, Mrs Delaitoga was very happy with the donation and thanked SPC for their support.

“These kind gesture by SPC shows their commitment in encouraging our youths into Agricultural Sector.”

“Agriculture is not only for rural school but it also should be practised in urban schools to instil the importance of it in children.” Mrs Delaitoga said.

She also added that incorporating Agriculture into school system assists in changing the mindset of the children and also allows them to practice the same at home.

Land Resources Division has been assisting schools for some years now with planting materials and gardening tools.

(For further information please contact Vinesh Prasad on telephone (679)3370733 or email LRD Help Desk on email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . )