With every successful journey, there comes a lot of sacrifices, hardships and many lessons learnt.

These were the sentiments shared by the Principal Fisheries officer, Mr Joji Vuakaca to the 30 participants that ended their three days training on Financial Literacy Training at the Daku Resort Conference Centre in Savusavu.

Mr.Vuakaca reminded participants that the Ministry of Fisheries is looking at further developing the aquaculture industry and to spread its benefits to communities around the country.

“This is a long term vision of the ministry and we are looking at ways and means whereby the ministry and communities can work together to help grow the aquaculture industry in the country,” said Mr Vuakaca.

“It is also great to see a lot of young people and the huge turnout from the female participants attending this training. I believe that it has empowered you to be the best in your business. Please think outside the box and remember you have a purpose in life,” advised Mr Vuakaca.

According to 32 year old Samuela Tukai of Nagigi Village, Cakaudrove, the training has opened his eyes to the endless opportunities of running a successful business.

“I am actually the leader of the Mataqali Korolevu Youth Group and this training has taught me a lot of things. We have a Tilapia pond and looking at expanding into another three ponds and I cannot wait to share with my fellow youths back in the village everything that I have learnt for the past three days,” smiled Mr Tukai.

Raviravi Women’s Group representatives from Macuata, Kalesi Nabobo and Jojivini Dikubou said that they will certainly implement the great lessons that they learnt.

“We are part of the Navutudua Women’s Group consisting of around 30 women in the village and we produce Mabe pearls,” said Ms Nabobo.

“We have been running our business but lacking in so many finer aspects of it so when we return, we will certainly be gathering the women in the village and passing on the knowledge.”

Both women also agreed that they would implement it as well in the running of their finances at home.

The training which was conducted by the Sustainable Pacific Aquaculture Development project (PacAqua), Ministry of Fisheries and the Cooperative College of Fiji (CCF) is aimed at up skilling participants on the different types of savings, budgeting, expenses and causes of business failures including marketing strategies.

The certificates that participants gained from the training are recognized by the Fiji Development Bank and this enables farmers to take steps forward to meet requirements for accessing finance to grow their farms.

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