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A Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) has been signed for the Matahi Rural Training Centre (RTC) on Malo to deliver standard courses offered by the Vanuatu Agriculture College (VAC).

Farmers and learners will be trained by VAC trainers on Certificate I in Livestock, specializing in poultry.

This was described as a huge step for the small island as such opportunities were never brought to their doorsteps before.

 
 

The Matahi RTC Manager, Joel Daniels, said anyone is eligible for the training, whether men or women, young, old and the disable.

“The training will enhance farmer’s ways of raising poultry and increase production.

“Many locals who own poultry farms have little skills,” he pointed out.

The VAC Curriculum Development Officer, Christopher Radcliffe, said the initiative will lower the burden of cost for trainees to travel to VAC for training sessions.

Matahi will pilot Certificate I in Livestock and if successful, it will be introduced to other RTCs, Radcliffe said.

The government wants to see all RTCs deliver standard trainings, he stressed.

Poultry farmers present during the signing shared experiences and challenges.

One of the challenge discussed was shortage of chicken feed at the market and pests ravaging.

One of the poultry farmer said: “I am happy now that such high standard training will be delivered at home (Malo).

 

“I thank the authorities responsible for planning such a good initiative. Am sure from these training I will be able to pay for my children’s fees and attend to our household needs.”

Mr Daniels who is a degree holder in Agriculture, further commented that Malo has great potential in developing chicken farms.

He encourage people from the island to attend the trainings to boost their knowledge and skills in farming.

The Chairman of Matahi RTC, Tari Masanga, applauded VAC for initiating the training on Malo.

The modules will be delivered in a 16-week period time frame and 3-4 days in a week.Certificate 2 will focus on piggery and other farm animals.