Cabinet Minister issues challenge

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 Dance Group from Safotulafai

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The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Laauli Leuatea Polata’ivao, has encouraged students to consider agriculture as a career path.

The message was delivered yesterday during the University of the South Pacific’s Open Day at Alafua, guided by the theme “Shaping your Future.”

Samoa College students visiting each booth at the USP Open Day

Samoa College students visiting each booth at the USP Open Day

The Minister delivered the keynote address, during which he urged young people to be serious about developing agriculture. He reminded about the importance of agriculture to Samoa in terms of food security, income generation and employment opportunities.

“I am told and I have seen a lot of students from several schools that are here today to find out about study pathways to a secured future,” he said.

Students of Paul VI

Students of Paul VI

“Studying agriculture as a profession is very important.

 “Increasing food prices and generally slow growth rate in most development economies, highlights in the need to strengthen our country’s agricultural base.”

According to the Minister, this is where institutions like U.S.P’s Alafua campus with a strong emphasis on agriculture play a vital role. 

Samoa College students visiting each booth at the USP Open Day
Samoa College students visiting each booth at the USP Open Day
Students of Paul VI
Students of Paul VI
Students of Avele College
Students of Avele College
Minister of M.A.F, La'auli Leuatea Fosi, Director General of C.C.C.S Vavatau Taufao, Campus Director Leatuaolevao Ruby Va’a  and Minister of Police and S.T.A Sala Fata Pinati
Minister of M.A.F, La'auli Leuatea Fosi, Director General of C.C.C.S Vavatau Taufao, Campus Director Leatuaolevao Ruby Va’a and Minister of Police and S.T.A Sala Fata Pinati

Minister of M.A.F, La'auli Leuatea Fosi, Director General of C.C.C.S Vavatau Taufao, Campus Director Leatuaolevao Ruby Va’a  and Minister of Police and S.T.A Sala Fata Pinati

Minister of M.A.F, La'auli Leuatea Fosi, Director General of C.C.C.S Vavatau Taufao, Campus Director Leatuaolevao Ruby Va’a and Minister of Police and S.T.A Sala Fata Pinati

 “U.S.P Alafua has responded to the regional manpower development needs by making its programme more relevant and focusing its activities in areas for immediate social and economic benefits.

“A vital part to the U.S.P mission is to provide appropriate level of education and training in response to the needs of the community in the South Pacific and the Pacific Region.”

He added that education is one of Samoa’s development priorities and agricultural studies is part of that.

 “Each year a large number of school leavers join the unemployment ranks of our country,” he said. “Agriculture provides an opportunity for you to be self employed.

“We need further education in various areas but especially in sustainable agriculture in order to strengthen our capacity of sustainable development towards food security, climate change, amongst other things.

“These are our stepping stones to the development of our families, villages and nations and the government of Samoa has and will continue to support U.S.P in all aspects and levels.

“As the Minister of Agriculture, I advise you all to make your future career profession as a farmer because they are the richest people in the world.

Students of Avele College

Students of Avele College

“They are the most needed people on the planet because they provide food and wealth for every living organism.

“Look around you in our campus all the students from all over the pacific, they come from afar, they leave their families and their friends and here you are the USP is at your door step so I encourage and advise you all to come and take advantage of our USP Alafua.”

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