About Us

VTC is focussed  on training of farmers. It offers Certificates in Production Horticulture (Levels 2, 3 and 4) which are accredited on the Fiji Qualifications Framework.

In order to proceed to Certificate in Production Horticulture Level 3, farmers are required to complete Certificate in Production Horticulture Level 2, on a competency basis.

Unique Features of VTC Programs

  • The courses were developed and designed to suit the needs of the farmers.
  • The training is delivered to clusters of farmers directly on their farms.
  • Assessment is competency based.
  • Knowledge and skills gained have helped alleviate poverty of farmers and prepare them to move from subsistence farming to commercial farming.
  • The training are practical in nature and delivered on the farms through live demonstrations.
  • VTCʼs qualified and experienced instructors use the latest information and technology to deliver training.

 

Impact of the program

  •   Farmers gain knowledge and skill sets in better farming practices .
  •   Their knowledge and skills are recognized through accredited qualifications on FQF .
  •   Farmers plan and grow crops to meet market needs.
  •   Better quality, safe, fresh vegetables available in local markets.
  •   Significant increase in income, ranging from 42% to 132 %, due to new farming skills and knowledge.

 

Mode of Delivery

Farmer Cluster Groups were formed based on their geographical locations where they could receive and share             knowledge and skills sets. Clusters of around 3 to 7 farmers were formed to allow for specific skills training.

Training is carried out mainly “On-farm” on a rotation basis on each farmer’s vicinity. The training is being provided in a number of ways such as Cluster group training & discussions, hands-on practical and through workshops.  The workshops, conducted at VTC, allow interchange of information between farmers and provide exposure to good farming practices and skills.

 

Assessment

Farmers are initially enrolled in Certificate in Production Horticulture Level 2 for which assessments are carried out in various ways such as;

  • Practical assessment
  • Questioning through self- assessment checklists
  • On-going observation per field visit
  • Verbal assessment throughout the course duration
  • Ongoing hands-on farm training

In order to proceed to Certificate in Production Horticulture Level 3, farmers are required to complete Certificate in Production Horticulture Level 2, on a competency basis.

 

 

 Initiatives in Progress

  •  VTC facilitates collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, Sugar Cane Growers Fund and Fiji Development Bank) for funding for farmers.
  • Facilitates linking farmers to market (Supermarket/ Exporter /Hotels).
  • Development of an online platform for Certificate in Production Horticulture (Level 2, 3 & 4) and Ramakrishna Mission Farmers Hub for online marketing of produce.

 

 

Plans for Future Developments

  • New Certificate in ” Farming as a Business ” (Level 2, 3).
  • Short courses in Off Season Production, Spice Production,  Apiculture and Resilience farming with Changing Climate.