Australian High Commission
Solomon Islands

Australia and supports Divit RTC with new Tilapia Farming Project

6 September 2017

                                                 Australia and supports Divit RTC with new Tilapia Farming Project

Australian High Commissioner Roderick Brazier joined Honourable Bodo Detke MP and several community chiefs and leaders to officially handover a new fresh water prawn and Tilapia fish Aquaculture project to Divit Rural Training Centre on Wednesday.

Funded by Australia, the aquaculture project will help Divit RTC, which predominately trains young women and girls in vocational skills, to breed the high-protein fish for student and staff meals, and to earn some additional income for the training centre.

Speaking at the handover, community elder and Visale area Paramount Chief Raymond said ‘it is important that we continue to invest in projects like this for our young people. Their education is the most important thing for the future of our community.’

In addition to the aquaculture project, High Commissioner Brazier and Hon Bodo Detke presented the Divit RTC Principal Anna with funding support to be used by the training centre to purchase goods for the girls’ dormitory and kitchen area.

‘Australia is a proud supporter of vocational education and training in Solomon Islands.’ the High Commissioner said. ‘I’m particularly pleased that we have a strong focus on ensuring young women and girls benefit from this support. With this investment, we hope that Divit RTC can buy goods for the school kitchen and dormitory, so that female students can live and study in a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment. One that is conducive for learning.’

Australia’s Direct Aid Program offers small grants to communities across the country to help find solutions to development challenges. Application forms are available at the Australian High Commission in Honiara.