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Taiwan Technical Mission in Kiribati Transfers Operation of Three Nurseries to Local Counterparts

Source: Mauri- Weekly Newspaper

Publication date: 2011/09/30

Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Kiribati

Members of the Taiwan Technical Mission in Kiribati and representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture held a joint handover ceremony at the mission’s demonstration farm in Temaiku on the morning of Tuesday, September 27, where the management of three Taiwan-operated seedling nurseries was officially handed over to Kiribati. Presiding over the ceremony were H. E. Ambassador Benjamin Ho from the Taiwanese embassy and Hon. Minister Amberoti Nikora, who were joined by representatives of the three nurseries.

As part of their Horticulture Project, specialists at the Taiwan Technical Mission’s demonstration farm have been introducing fruits and vegetables suited to Kiribati, establishing nurseries and providing seedlings for farmers for some time. As more and more citizens have become keen on planting their own fruits and vegetables, these Taiwanese specialists have been transferring their know-how and propagation skills on to three nurseries to ensure that local horticultural activities and home gardens remain a sustainable prospect.

During the ceremony H.E. Ambassador Ho, Minister Nikora, Mission Leader Wu and Taiwanese horticultural specialists Mr. Lee and Mr. Daniel made symbolic presentations of seedling trays to the representatives of the three nurseries to represent the official handover.

Rather than rely on planting materials obtained from the Taiwan Technical Mission, staff at the three nurseries are now able to propagate seedlings by preparing their own materials such as seeds, compost and topsoil. As well as seedlings, the centers will sell pot plants and compost, and offer rental services for larger pot plants. Any farmer can now visit their local center to buy such items, which should save significant time and cost.

After the handover ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Ho and Minister Nikora visited the seedling nursery in Eita, where the minister praised the efforts of the Taiwan Technical Mission to establish the nurseries and plant vegetables in cooperation with local farmers. “In the future, we will focus on establishing a horticulture industry, promoting a balanced diet and alleviating hunger through food security,” he said.

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