Students urged to pursue further studies in agriculture |08 November 2022
Students at the Seychelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture (SIAH) are being urged to pursue further studies and careers in this field.
The appeal comes from the Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change & Environment, Flavien Joubert, when he chaired a meeting on Friday last week with the newly appointed board members of SIAH.
The minister was accompanied by the principal secretary in the Agriculture department, Keven Nancy.
In his introduction, Minister Joubert commended and thanked the board for their attendance and commitment to transforming SIAH.
The minister emphasised the need to ensure close monitoring of this institution and transform it into a professional centre.
Minister Joubert highlighted the need to encourage students to pursue further studies and careers in the field of agriculture.
He briefly mentioned some key components in the ongoing discussions between the University of Seychelles and its management, in which the main objective is to identify relevant courses for students who are interested in that field.
The minister, therefore, encouraged the board members to identify areas for interventions.
The delegates laid out various objectives that they will need to attend to, especially the capacity building of the trainers currently working at SIAH, the strategic documents of the school, work plans, and access to financing which will open doors for technical assistance and capacity building.
The chairperson of the board of the institute is Jean Alcindor and Daniella Larue is the vice-chairperson.
Other members of the board present for the meeting were Diana Hitier, Sandra Labrosse, Basil Hoareau, Hendrick Herminie, Ghislaine William, Dean Gobine and Maryanne Marie.
The members of the board have been appointed for three years effective from November 1, 2022.
Also present at this meeting was the principal secretary in the Education Sector Development department, John Lesperance.
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