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Mr. Chiu of the Taiwan Technical Mission in Honiara facilitating the workshop
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Participants of the workshop
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Selwyn College encouraged to grow own crops
May 5, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Selwyn College of the Church of Melanesia have been encouraged to invest seriously on agriculture as a means of food security for the college.

In supporting this initiative the Taiwan Technical Mission in Solomon Islands organised a one day workshop for the senior agriculture students and staff of the College on Wednesday this week.

Maurice Chiu who organised and facilitated the workshop said its 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 other crops.

The workshop which was the first of kind for the college was to raise awareness on rice and maize and vegetable farming as well as pig farm management. Rice and vegetable awareness covers areas on good and important farming practices such as site selection, soil preparation, cultural techniques, fertilizer application, crop rotation, maintenance and harvesting and the general farming environment. For piggery, it covers different models of production, penning and fattening and weaning production.

Mr. Chiu was also assisted by two other members of the Mission Tommy Huang and John Lin.

Principal of the College Fr. Davidson Nwaeramo thanked the Taiwan Technical Mission for their assistance in getting the college to re-strengthening self-reliance efforts.

He said it is the hope of the school to invest more into rice production to support the growing number of students let alone the increasing price of rice locally.

Selwyn College under the same assistance from the Taiwan Technical Mission was last year undertaking upland rice cultivation but was unsuccessful due to 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 of which two female girls are Foundation students.

The Technical Mission says it stands ready to assist when the school is ready to start the project.