GIS - Apr 17, 2012: The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) in collaboration with the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (AREU) will award certificates to some 520 participants who have successfully completed a 30-hour training programme entitled, ‘Professionalisation and Improving Employability in the Agricultural Sector’. The Award of Certificate Ceremony will be held at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) Auditorium, Moka, on Thursday 19 April 2012.
The main objectives of this training programme, launched in September 2008, were to inculcate professional and entrepreneurial skills to farmers and render potential and existing workers more employable through comprehensive training. The project was financed by HRDC and training was run by AREU throughout the island at its regional training facilities.
The partnership between HRDC and AREU aims at opening up training opportunities at national level in line with Government’s policy to promote agro-industry and create more job opportunities, as well as small and medium enterprises in the agricultural sector.
Since 2008, 1 164 participants mainly existing and potential farmers, unemployed people, workers looking for re-skilling and youngsters have been trained in some 53 courses approved by the Mauritius Qualifications Authority. These include training in hydroponic production; agro-processing; production of crops (vegetables), fruits, mushrooms and ornamentals; gardening; good agricultural practices; livestock production (cattle, goats, poultry); and pesticides application.