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Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Fiji: EU and Australia handover project equipment to FSC

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, His Excellency, Mr Andrew Jacobs and Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Her Excellency, Ms Margaret Twomey today handed over equipment valued at approximately F$330,000 (EUR €141,000) to Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) on behalf of the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project, marking the completion of the four-year project. The assets were part of the EU-funded Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project implemented by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) to improve the livelihoods of the sugarcane dependent populations, by promoting income generation through sugarcane farming or alternative livelihoods. The equipment included vehicles, hand and electrical tools, training resources, computers, projectors, as well as other office equipment. In his remarks, Ambassador Jacobs said the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry has been part of the longstanding assistance that the EU has been providing to the sugar sector in Fiji, amounting to about EUR €50 million (FJ $119 million) to date. ''The European Union is proud to have supported this initiative. Partnering with DFAT and APTC has proved highly effective in empowering and enhancing the capacities and skills of people in the sugar sector – this is a crucial contribution which ensures people have effective income safety nets and are able to earn their living with dignity. The assets handed over to the FSC today will not only better equip the FSC to provide effective advisory services to farming communities, but also help it to sustain skills development and learning for the entire industry workers,'' said Ambassador Jacobs, who earlier in the month handed over similar equipment to the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the SPC-EU “Improving Key Services to Agriculture” (IKSA) project. ''For the future, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) includes an envelope of (FJD 45 million) EUR 20 million to support the agriculture sector and sugar subsector reform in Fiji. The preparation of this programme is ongoing in close cooperation with the government and should be completed in the course of 2017.'' added Ambassador Jacobs.

Source: reliefweb.int