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HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, May 6) - An agronomist from Kiribati plans to attend a special course on intensive agriculture in Israel this summer.

According to the Embassy of Israel in Canberra, Australia, Tokintekai Bakineti will attend the course "Pressurized Irrigation Systems for Intensive Agriculture," from May 12 May to June 23 at the Cinadco Training Centre in Israel.

Bakineti has completed a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy And Soil Science at the University Hawai’i.

Since obtaining his degree, Tokintekai has been working as a Senior Agriculture Officer for the Ministry of Environment, lands and Agriculture Development in Kiribati.

The course, sponsored by Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV), is designed for degree holders in Agriculture Science and professional experience in the field.

The course is intended to present the students with the ability to evaluate the plant water and fertilizer requirements, design and evaluate irrigation systems, and to provide irrigation services to farmers.

Hundreds of candidates from Fiji have had the opportunity to study in Israel through the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s center for International Cooperation.

Israel has diplomatic relations with Fiji since 1970.

May 7, 2004

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