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Selwyn College plans to invest more in agriculture
April 11, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Church senior secondary school Selwyn College is seriously taking initiatives to invest in agriculture production as a means of food security for the college.

The school on Wednesday this week for the first time organised a one-day workshop for its senior agriculture students and staff and facilitated by personnelís from the Taiwan Technical Mission in Honiara under a collaboration scheme established by the two institutions.

Principal of the school Fr. Davidson Nwaeramo said the workshop is very important as the school is planning to step up agriculture production especially rice to support the growing number of students attending the college.

He said the recent announcement of price hike for imported rice has also forced the school into taking the initiative to grow their own rice and other crops in a much bigger scale.

Maurice Chiu who co-facilitated the workshop said itís important for the college to be self sufficient in terms of food and the way to go about this is growing their own rice and engaging in other agricultural projects.

Tommy Huan and John Lin also spoke in detail on vegetable farming as well as pig farm management.

The school principal thanked the Taiwan Technical Mission for their assistance in getting the college to re-strengthening their self-reliance efforts. Selwyn College under the same collaboration scheme was last year cultivating upland rice but was unsuccessful due to continuous heavy rain.

With renewed interest the participants of the workshop will be engaged to actively involve in this project.

Forty three students from form 5 to form 7 attended the workshop.

The Technical Mission says it is prepared to assist when the school is ready to re-start the project.