Tutu Soil Re-generation Activity

Tutu Soil Re-generation Activity

Proper programming of fertilizer must be taken into account resulting from the soil test or the refractometer reading of the crop, the effect on soil health or the relationship of such fertilization to insect, disease and weed pressures. TRTC is trialing the use of Compost and Compost Tea for replacing topsoil that have been lost or addicted to using pesticides. Caring for your soil is like entrusting your assets to an investment broker and five years later, noticed that your real net worth (principal) had decreased. You probably would no longer leave your assets with that broker even if he/she claimed he/she was getting record yields.

With ecological conversions of minds and heart, TRTC’s soil re-generation activities have taken into account several factors including the proper use of fertilizers, the best cultural practices employed, climate, availability of water, farmers management ability and not forgetting the economics factors. Compost is Wealth.


Matured compost ready for the field.

Wood chips for mulching and compost.

Proposed compost material: dried leaves and wood chips as source of carbon.

Piled compost using the eight weeks system.

Field direct application.

Being used as a potting media for vegetables seedlings.

Compost being applied on raised bed farming method.

Compost is used also for TRTC COVID tunnel.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Mr. Ritesh Dass closed the 2020 Farming Couples Course on High notes

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Mr. Ritesh Dass closed the 2020 Farming Couples Course on High notes

Recently on the 22nd of October 2020, TRTC made a difference again to 12 Farming couples who graduated from the six months farming couples course. TRTC assisted these farming couples to joyfully accept their call as rural families in their village situation. In achieving this aim the course endeavored to heighten the awareness, motivation, and skills of married people to make better use of their resources to enhance their livelihood. The couples were trained in the areas of management, rural development, self-employment in agriculture and making use of their available resources commercially. Other skilled training learned through the six months FCC will enable these farming couples to set up farming as a business enterprise in their home situation.

Welcome to Tutu’s home on the web!

Welcome to Tutu’s home on the web!

Bula Vinaka Everyone!

On behalf of the Tutu Rural Training Centre, we would like to say thank you for your support and your generosity to TRTC as a whole. We have come a long the way since the last 51 years of Tutu operation and we salute everyone for your contribution.

The expectations for young people in Fiji are that they grow up with parents, churches, and government telling them that they must go to school and get a job and find formal employment though the reality is that only a very small percentage will find employment and the remainder are left behind. Tutu programs are an effort to respond to people in another way, the way of adult nonformal education for rural self-employment.

The most important thing for Tutu participants is that they have a process that enables them to critically evaluate their culture. This demands a special type of leader for Tutu.

In faith-based organisations and ventures like Tutu, there should be a refounder who can pass on the word on what happened at the time of our original foundation and then the current re-founding of Tutu.

In the re-founding process, there should be a willingness to live and work in the darkness of faith, the ability to articulate inspiringly and in an empowering way, a vision, a collaborative style of management, non-judgemental respect for people even if they reject the ideas and vision and a commitment to hard work. Tutu has been through this refounding period and thanks to Fr Michael McVerry sm for your on-going passion for the Tutu project. You have set the paths for administrative roles that one should have the gift of being able to go to the roots of problems and create imaginative ways to overcome them.

Reviewers have identified the successful management of non-formal adult education rural training center requires a high level of expertise in leadership as well as a proven record of staff based on using their own resources. On the other hand management need to be highly participatory and responsive to the needs of the constituents with a local focus but with an international character

With the introduction of the Tutu board, it will enhance the future sustainability of the Tutu Rural Training Center especially in securing the insecurity of tenure and the insecurity of funding by using the center’s substantial-quality land and other resources for income generation as well as benefactors to make donations to help fund the courses and capital investments.

Once again thank you for this opportunity to write on the recent development of Tutu and its sustainable future


Fr Petero Matairatu sm
Director TRTC