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Yaqona Farmer Of The Year

Yaqona Farmer Of The Year
Minister for Youth and Sport Laisenia Tuitubou hands over the Rooster Poultry award to Yaqona Farmer of the Year Sele Goneduadua, at Garvey Park in Tavua yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 07
10:00 2015

Sele Goneduadua is proud to be recognised for Yaqona which is part of the Fijian culture.

The 51-year-old was awarded the Rooster Poultry Yaqona farmer of the year at during the 2015 Western Division Agriculture Show.

The father of six children has more then 10,000 plants in his farm at five different stages, from five year olds to less than a year.

Mr Goneduadua said: “Farming has been my bread and butter and in the last 15 years that dedication in this field has been fruitful

“We might forget we are standing on a precious commodity than gold. It is our land, where I do stand,” he said.

Some of his success stories include building two dwelling houses, bought three trucks, opened a canteen.

Mr Goneduadua through his farming business has supported more than 10 children including his three siblings who have settled down with their respective family which include England rugby winger Semesa Rokoduguci.

“Everybody can achieve this but you need to sacrifice you need a totally new approach then only you can count yourself in this business.”

Apart from his monthly and yearly harvest he is anticipating to begin his harvest next year, with an estimated value of $100,000.

Mr Goneduadua markets his yaqona to Agro-Marketing and other local dealers, including market vendors.

Rooster Poultry Farmers Awards


  • Best Sheep Farmer- Gopal Reddy
  • Best Goat Farmer- Madhwan Prasad
  • Pacific Feeds Best Dairy Farmer – Dur Sami Gounder
  • Best Bee Farmer – Radha Krishnan
  • Best Poultry Farmer- Navin Nilesh Kumar


  • Best Vegetable Farmer – Kamlesh Rao
  • Best Pawpaw Farmer – Satya Nand
  • Best Yaqona Farmer – Sele Goneduadua
  • Best Yam Farmer – Jone Madrai
  • Best Dalo Farmer – Lusiana Leitabu
  • Kobota Best Rice Farmer – Vishnu Prasad


  • Best fisherman – Nilesh Rohit Ram
  • Best Fish Farmer – Jiosese Vodowaqavuka


  • Best Developing Logging Contractors- Jonasa Tavuinaulu




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