25 Jun 2013

Youth in Vanuatu learn about organic farming options

9:10 am on 25 June 2013

Young Pacific farmers were in Vanuatu last week working on their agriculture skills during a course on organic farming.

25 youth farmers, including five women, attended the week-long workshop on the differences between traditional practices and organic farming.

Participants engaged in extensive practical demonstrations and field work and tested firsthand the science behind growing food organically.

Andrew Waileilakeba, a farmer from Navuso village in Fiji, says he enjoyed the practical components of the course, and he in turn will help young farmers to adopt organic practices such as compost-making and growing organic vegetables and fruits.

The workshop was partnered by the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community, the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the United Nations Development Programme's Pacific Centre, and Farm Support Association of Vanuatu.