Twelve agriculture and fisheries businesses and government experts from across the Pacific Islands region recently completed the fifth Agriculture & Fisheries Training Programme, hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) China.

In a busy programme of lectures, site visits and business meetings, representatives from Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and the Cook Islands learned about technical innovation and developed practical knowledge to apply in the Pacific region.

sdrAs well as businesses and government representatives, the delegates included chambers of commerce and research institutes from the Pacific. The group visited Beijing, five agricultural and fisheries regions in Shandong Province and Shenzhen, a major fisheries centre in Guangdong Province.

Welcoming the delegates, David Morris, PT&I Trade Commissioner in China said, “We are grateful for the support of the Chinese Government in providing this important technical assistance and we are determined to build upon the knowledge and friendships made on the program to build win-win agricultural and fisheries trade opportunities for the Pacific Islands.”

One of the participants, Dimitri Malvirlani of Vanuatu’s Tuna Fishing Co. described the programme as “An eye opener on the future trends of the agriculture and fisheries industries with all the related available technical knowledge that can benefit our small island nations with our small scale related industries.”

rsz_1763250803PT&I China worked with the Ministry of Agriculture to organise key business briefings, including an in-depth roundtable with major Chinese fisheries company Liancheng, which has fishing and processing operations throughout the Pacific and is looking for more investment and trade opportunities.

Delegates were impressed by Liancheng’s commitment to assisting economic development in the Pacific as well as its high tech fishing operations monitoring system and future plans for more innovation.

Throughout the programme, delegates learned from Chinese experience and expertise and investigated practical and sustainable opportunities for crop planting, taking into account the characteristics of the Pacific Island environments, and for aquatic products breeding to develop the aquaculture industry in the region.

For more information email PT&I China Trade Commissioner Davd Morris at

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