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Rural Carpenters Training Begins for Western Division

30 May, 2017

SUVA -- A carpentry training has commenced on Monday in Bukuya Village in the highlands of Ba for rural carpenters in the Western Division.

Initiated to help meet a demand for carpenters in rural areas, the training program will also strengthen build back better techniques to aid construction of homes more resistant to adverse weather events.

Officiating at the opening of the training, Hon. Joeli Cawaki, the Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, stated that the training is part of Government’s commitment to build national resilience and to ensure human security through construction of decent, quality homes.

A Minister with Western Participants
Assistant Minister, Hon. Joeli Cawaki, with participants from Ba, Ra, and Nadroga/Navosa on Day 1 of the Rural Carpenters Training in Bukuya Village

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr. Cawaki told participants that upon returning home, their communities will expect them to contribute significantly to the construction of homes.

“The hopes of your mothers and fathers rest on you. There will be a positive change in your skill and you will be able to build homes that your communities will enjoy”, Mr. Cawaki said.

Meleti Bainimarama, the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, said that the practical for the program involves the construction of one house with the use of Government’s Rural Housing 24x16 house plan which has proved durable and resistant to cyclones.

He said that the training in Bukuya Village covers the Western Division and has participants from Ba, Nadroga/Navosa, and Ra.

Niumaia Digo, from the District of Magodro in the highlands of Navosa, is one of 40 participants selected for the training and says that he hopes to improve his skills to fulfil the need for home construction back in his village.

The Rural Carpenters Training is funded by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and is being implemented by the Ministry’s Rural Housing Unit.

A series of Rural Carpenters Training is being conducted within Government’s current financial year across all 4 divisions at a cost of $231,000.

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The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management coordinates and implements the Fijian Government’s rural and maritime development initiatives with a mission to empower Fiji’s rural sector. We are also responsible for the national disaster management strategy focusing on building resilient communities. We have multiple offices in all 14 provinces leading the Fijian Government’s rural development and disaster management operations. For more information about the Ministry and its work visit: www.ruraldev.gov.fj.

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