MEMBER of Parliament for Central Honiara, John Moffat Fugui on Wednesday highlighted the need for the Ministry of Agriculture to enlarge its budget with the emphasis of assisting agriculture students with their practical assessments.
Mr Fugui said this during the question and answers session in Parliament.
He said that it is a need that the ministry should look closely at enlarging its budget in order to help provide job and practical opportunities for students of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU).
Mr Fugui said that agriculture is one of the important areas the government should consider improving.
He also highlighted that more tertiary education certificate and bachelor’s degrees courses for agriculture should be provided for students wishing to pursue agriculture at the SINU.
Mr Fugui said that even if the budget were to be raised up to $50 or $100 million, it would not be disputed on the floor of Parliament as it would be for a good cause, and supports long term development in the country.
“We are right on top with regards to support rendered to climate change and its effects; it would be good to see similar support also rendered to agriculture and also fisheries.
“Sea and land are two of the areas that provide most resources the country progress on,” Mr Fugui said.
By JEREMY INIFIRI