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Katarina The Farmer Growing Success

Katarina The Farmer Growing Success
Students of the Fiji National University Labasa during Diwali celebration at the Campus on October 18,2017. Photo: AFA KAUMAITOTOYA
September 15
06:42 2014

Katarina Baleisuva never regrets the rewards of farming after 20 years of dedication and sacrifice.

Ms Baleisuva is from Savusavu in Vanua Levu. She now lives at Tuilovoni in Davuilevu near Nausori.

She won the Best Woman Crop Award and Tilapia Farmer of the Year last week during the Central Division Agriculture Show at Syria Park, Nausori.

Her interest in farming grew stronger while working with her father, a farmer who embedded farming skills in her.

She started yaqona farming and later invested in other properties including a farm at Wainiwaqa Settlement and Bautikina in Tailevu.

She plants dalo, cassava and has diversified to tilapia farming where she has four ponds at her Nakasi farm.

Currently she has planted 0.28 hectares of dalo, 1.5 hectares of cassava which gives a turnover of $8960 per harvest.

The Tilapia harvest fetches about $33,000 annually. She sells them at the Nadi and Suva markets weekly.

Her next cropping programme will include root crops and ginger.

“I feel proud and I thank my mom and dad for instilling so much in me that I have come this far and being acknowledged with these awards,” she said.

“I recently bought a 12-acre land at Bautikina to plant three acres of ginger, one acre of dalo, five acres of watermelon, two acres of cassava.

“My plan is to buy new farmland every year and cultivate them for cash crop farming.

“I feel satisfied with what I am earning,” she said. She believes she earns more through farming than some who work in supposedly bigger jobs.

She normally sells along the Nadi and Suva-Nausori corridor markets and her business is booming.

Her advice to young people is that money is around and they have to work hard to earn it.

The money she earns from farming is used to to pay-off her properties and buy three vehicles for the farm and also caters for her family.

There are other business operations along with farming, which she believes to be helpful in the expansion, developments and the smooth running of the farm.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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