Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture staff Piriariki Maao and Cecilia Samuela-TouAriki with other Pacific Islands agriculture staff in Israel. 23011249
Ministry of Agriculture staff Cecilia Samuela-TouAriki and Piriariki Maao are still counting their blessings for the opportunity to have set foot in the Holy Land a month ago.
The two had set out to attend a course at the Mashav Agriculture Training Centre in Israel where they visited various farms and at the same time visited places they have only read in the Bible or seen on the internet.
Samuela-TouAriki says the memories that will stick out are the various farm visits throughout Israel, especially the visit to the Demonstration Farm belonging to Netafim Company – the pioneers in drip irrigation in the world.
the opportunity to visit some of the biblical holy places like Jerusalem,
Nazareth and Galilee.”
of the Ministry of Agriculture, Temarama Anguna- Kamana says they were grateful
for the opportunity given to the staff to attend a regional course on “Vegetable
Production – Techniques and Technologies for Professionals from the Pacific
Island Studies” provided by MASHAV – MATC’s Training Centre in Kibbutz Shefayim,
training was funded by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development
Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MATC – MASHAV’s Agricultural
to Anguna-Kamana the two-week course was a continuance of two online programmes
held in 2021.
part of the former President of Israel’s commitment to the Pacific island
states to assist with our livelihood and food security through the improvement
of vegetable production.”
course was divided into class presentations and classroom visits to allow
participants to witness real life practices by farmers and experts.
From left: Cook Islands Piriariki Maao and Olga Slov - Director, Division for Asia and the Pacific, Pacific Department · Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel with Cecilia Samuela-TouAriki. 23011248 / SUPPLIED
objective of the course was for Israel to share with participants from the
Pacific island states Israel’s experience in developing intensive and
sustainable vegetable production systems.
also to create a framework for the exchange of knowledge and experience between
the delegation from the Pacific island states and Israeli professionals through
the establishment of projects or activities to enhance food security and the
livelihood of its people.
says the objective was also for such experience to be enhanced through close
contact with the Israeli Government Embassy in New Zealand, MASHAV
and various technical and professional experts.
Cecilia Samuela-TouAriki with the Pacific women at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. 23011244/CECILIA SAMUELA-TOUARIKI
staff were exposed to the Israel agriculture sector and viewed the established
infrastructure, technology that supported the innovations and the human
resources with the necessary expertise to grow the sector in the environment
that they have – arid, desert area.”
says a few of the innovations that could potentially be implemented for the
Cook Islands include:
Pest Management (IPM) Greenhouse
innovations could benefit our farmers on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.
this attachment, we have established a connection with MATC – MASHAV’s
Agricultural Training Centre and hope to have further opportunities for staff,
Pa Enua Agriculture staff and our farmers to attend future training attachments
says the Ministry has been advised that the Israel Ambassador may visit in June
this year, adding this provides them the opportunity to highlight areas of
support for Cook Islands farmers that require agriculture technical experts,
technology, machinery or equipment.
says on this visit they learned about various intensive vegetable production
techniques that Israel has to offer, with a major focus on organic or
Cecilia Samuela-TouAriki visits the Jordan River. 23011243/CECILIA SAMUELA-TOUARIKI
learned techniques focusing on soilless agriculture like various types of
hydroponics, greenhouse crop production, home biogas systems and irrigation.
their first visit to Israel and seeing their agriculture sector,
Samuela-TouAriki said they were amazed with the vegetable production in arid
areas of Israel.
participants included two each from Tonga, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Timor
Leste, three each from Solomon Islands and Samoa and four from Fiji.
were from the government sector, private sector and non-government
organisations – a total of 10 women and 12 men.