More than 40
government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural and
Maritime Development, and the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs recently attended a
week-long Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation Training.
In his closing
remarks, the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Dr Vinesh Kumar stressed that
there is a need to have an open mind in setting up networks within and
“I would like to
encourage you to work closely with each other and work towards a common
objective to assist all our stakeholders, farmers and villagers, which is our
duty-bound role and responsibility,” he said.
He said the three
ministries serve the same communities in the rural and maritime areas in terms
of development, traditional welfare, and the country’s food and nutrition
Dr Kumar believes that
the officials from the three ministries have learned a lot from the training
and will assist in its implementation respectively.
Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Mr Pita Tagicakirewa reiterated that there is a
need to have an integrated approach in which things are being done.
“I would like to thank
you and at the same time urge you all to have a holistic approach in executing
your roles for the benefit of the communities we serve,” he said.
“You are the agents of
change in your respective field of work and collating important data and
statistics will assist in a policy being formulated for the communities and
grass root people we serve,” said Mr. Tagicakirewa.