Fiji One News: Ministry conducts disaster preparedness workshop for western officers

The Ministry of Agriculture, through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is stepping up its efforts to better position itself in providing much-needed relief and rehabilitation services to farmers in the event of natural disasters.

This is being done through a series of Disaster Risk Management training held across its geographical divisions for technical officers based throughout the country, with the most recent DRM workshop being held this week at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka for staff based in the Western Division.

While speaking at the opening of the DRM training today in Lautoka, Agriculture Ministry Head of Finance, Mr Sikeli Baleisuva, said the continued cooperation and lateral assistance provided by both the European Union (EU) and the FAO to the Ministry in conducting these workshops ensured the Ministry was better prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

“The Ministry of Agriculture acknowledges and appreciates your continued support that has allowed for us to be here and providing the platform for representatives from your organizations to impart valuable knowledge and information to officials here in the Western Division as we look forward to another cyclone season that is ahead of us,” he said.

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