THE once-famous vegetable-growing hub at Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School outside Goroka is being revived with the assistance and expertise of the Fresh Produce Development Agency.
This was disclosed by Kabiufa principal Terry Haru when New Zealand Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand visited the school last Wednesday.
He said New Zealand was once an agriculture development partner with the school.
Kabiufa Farm Fresh Vegetables – during its heyday until it closed in 1995 – was renowned for its trademark vegetables.
It was a must-see place for visitors who would later walk away with pre-packed boxes of fresh vegetables.
“Some 20 years ago, the New Zealand government became a partner with us in agriculture, where your government funded some agriculture projects here at the school,” Mr Haru told Sir Anand.
“With the revival of the farm, we are planning to look at developing an agri-business curriculum, where we could train and equip young people with knowledge and skills that they would be able to use to earn their living.
“Our project will aim at addressing issues like school dropouts, employment creation, participation of women in agriculture and agriculture extension service delivery.”
Mr Haru acknowledged that the New Zealand government regularly supported projects initiated by FPDA and the school.
“Through the assistance and partnership of FPDA and your government, and through our partnership with FPDA, we will extend our agriculture training programmes to women, youth and the local community farmers, who could benefit in acquiring knowledge and skills to produce vegetables and other farm products and to sell or know-how to run their own businesses in other areas as well,” he said.