‘Expose students to planting’

Tuesday 16 June 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Outer Islands


‘Expose students to planting’
Vaine Mokoroa, Tai Tura and Rose Brown at the opening of the Ma'uke agriculture nursery. 20061515/20061516

Ma‘uke has refurbished its nursery to provide seedlings, fruit trees and floriculture, and to support home gardens, and to assist the farmers and sustain their planting programme.

Secretary of Health Temarama Anguna-Kamana said agriculture was an important sector that contributes to the economy, health and nutritional needs for the people of Ma‘uke.

“To complement the education of students in agriculture and entice a generation of growers for the future, we want to expose our students to planting and encourage this as a livelihood,” said Anguna-Kamana.

Anyone can access seedlings for bok choy, corn, beans, tomatoes and more.

Ma‘uke’s agriculture department manages the nursery and takes care of the seedlings, pruning, livestock, technical advice and fertilisers.

The nursery was officially handed over by Agriculture Minister Rose Toki-Brown.

This project was supported by the Pa Enua for Resilient Livelihoods PEARL programme, initiated by the coordinator Takili Tairi.