TUTU RURAL TRAINING CENTRE COURSES
CONSOLIDATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUTU

TRTC Director signing the agreement with the Minister for Agriculture Hon. Mahendra Reddy

This report will emphasize a few important developments that have taken place through the ‘He Oranga Taurikura’ programme since its inception and it has given light to the development of Tutu courses

Outcome 1: Improved Food and Water Security and Healthy lifestyles

WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE

Through the program, TRTC has expanded its services with its Oceania farm for engaging women to be part of the farm development. It is envisioned through the motherly character of women they can replicate their tender character in caring for the crops at the Tutu farm. The women were engaged in the farming program where the formation is given on sustainable farming practice that includes soil regeneration. The women’s engagement at the farm is for two weeks and they will spend two weeks at home. The program amounted to $1,950.00 this is ongoing.

Crop rotation for used land

“Soil health starts with a paddock’s history even in this age of advanced technology”

It is been observed that more information about soil health in the field can be gained by talking to farm staff themselves. Farm staff detects that soil health problems arise from one-off events such as when crops had to be harvested in the wet or the continuous use of synthetic fertilizers or even the ongoing use of chemicals for cleaning the farm. This has shown a lot of impact on the quality of food consumed. The use of biological farming techniques improved food and water security and has contributed to a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Soil healthy crop

OUTCOME 2: STRENGTHENED CLIMATE AND DISASTER PREPARED HOUSEHOLD AND LIVELIHOODS

• The empowering of running entrepreneurship by the participants has opened the development of e new workshop for Contemporary Arts where participants can enjoy expressing themselves in the making of traditional art, jewelry making, screen printing, and floriculture. The new building will contribute to the development of participants being resilient while operating as business entrepreneur. The total spent for the contemporary Arts building at the moment is $13,254.43, this is nearly in completion.

• UPGRADING OF TRTC FARM ROAD
The upgrading of farm roads has contributed to the easy access of participants and staff to their respective farms and at the same time decrease the ongoing maintenance of the farm fleet. The road maintenance was completed in four months. The total amount for the road works amounted to $266,720.00

Tutu farm roads