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Rural Carpenters Training Begins in Kadavu

August 21, 2017

SUVA - A two-week ‘build back better’ carpentry training for rural carpenters in Kadavu has begun in the village of Tiliva, Nakasaleka.

Initiated by Government to address a demand for carpenters outside urban centers, the rural carpenters training program is also aimed at teaching construction skills and techniques for quality and durable homes.

Officiating at the opening of the training, the Divisional Commissioner Eastern Mr. Luke Moroivalu said that government’s vision is to ensure building codes are adhered to and to raise resilience of housing structures in rural areas.

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Divisional Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu (with garland) pictured in Tiliva, Kadavu, with participants from the districts of  Nakasaleka, Ono, and Yale
 for the Rural Carpenters Training

Speaking in the iTaukei language, the Commissioner Eastern told participants that a substantial amount of housing damages experienced during Tropical Cyclone Winston was experienced in rural communities.

“The rural carpenters training is an initiative to raise the standards of homes and to reduce risks to cyclones and other extreme weather events”, Mr. Moroivalu said.

Facilitated by the Fiji National University, the training program includes participants from the tikinas (districts) of Nakasaleka, Ono, and Yale who will go through two weeks of theory and practical.

Meleti Bainimarama, the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services, said that the practical for the program involves the construction of one house with the use of Government’s Rural Housing 24/16 housing plan which has proved durable and resistance to cyclones.

Manoa Meli, a 38 year old participant from Nakaugasele Village, said that he was expecting to gain knowledge and skill from the training that could be of use to the community.

Similar sentiments were shared by 35 year old Jonacani Dikoro of Tiliva Village who said that many carpenters in his village were now elderly men and that the knowledge gained would help him substitute the gap in manpower in his village.

The Rural Carpenters Training is funded by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development 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.


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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