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Farmer reaps rewards

December 31
12:00 2009

image Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU. Ananaisa Ono, 48, is among farmers occupied in multi-crop farming to generate income for his livelihood.
Originally from Nasolo Village in Bua, Mr Ono owns a cassava farm in Seaqaqa, a dalo farm in Taveuni and a yaqona plantation in his own village.
Farming is what he has been doing since he left school when he was eight-years-old.
“My parents were very poor and they could not afford my education, so I dropped out.
“I realised that someone has to financially support my parents so I took up the responsibility,” he added.
He is the eldest in a family of five siblings.
“I count myself fortunate to learn the techniques of farming because it has enabled me to stand on my own feet,” said Mr Ono.
He sells his farm produce at Labasa Market.
Farming is a business for him.
His farms are looked after by caretakers who are also family members.
In Seaqaqa, his mother-in-law looks after his cassava farm, in his village his eldest son looks after his yaqona plantation while while in Taveuni, his younger brother looks after his dalo farm. “My family and I enjoy farming and we are happy. We are satisfied because this is a business,” Mr Ono added.
Mr Ono has been living in Tuatua, Labasa for the past eight years.
Apart from his four children, he also looks after a nephew.
“I have been living in Labasa to help my nephew whom I accept him as my son to get the education he needs inorder to get a white collar job,” said Mr Ono.
He said last year his business went well last year and was determined to do better this year.
“Hard work and family blessing is what kept me moving forward.
“I will continue to work hard and build good farming background and foundation for my family’s future,” he added.

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