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Douglas: Eager To Learn

Douglas: Eager To Learn
Ernest Douglas with one of his sheep on display at the 2015 Central Division Agriculture Show at Syria Park in Nausori. Photo: RONALD KUMAR
September 12
09:17 2015

Ernest Douglas may have been farming for more than 10 years but he is still eager to learn.

Mr Douglas attended the 2015 Central Division Agricultural Show with the mentality to learn from other farmers and agricultural officers.

He said: “I’ve come here today hoping to learn new ways of farming and being able to purchase a few needed things for the farm.”

Mr Douglas currently farms at Waidau in Ovalau and specialises in livestock.

“We have a lot of stock at home in the farms. We have pigs, cattle and lately we have gone into sheep farming in a small way,” he said.

“We don’t sell them on a large scale but we do sell to the neighbours and some pigs are brought to Suva for sale.

He had purchased some Ram earlier this year from the Agriculture Department in Sigatoka and has brought it to the show for display.

“We have been into livestock farming just about all my life. We started off with chicken farming with 5000 layers in the 60’s going over to the 70’s,” he said.

“But when the ferry service stared people started to bring eggs cheaper than what we could afford on the other side. So we closed down and went into sheep, pigs and cattle farming.”

 

Agriculture Show

Mr Douglas added this show Agriculture is a great platform to learn and also to teach young farmers.

He said: “We have had the schools come in and ask questions and look around eager to learn and we are happy to see this.

“We hope to impart the knowledge we have of farming and encourage them to farm.”

 

Agriculture show concludes

A total of 34 farmers from various sectors of our agriculture industry were awarded for their outstanding contribution and performance this week.

This was during the 2015 Central Division Agriculture Show at Syria Park in Nausori.

The three-day event ended yesterday with the presences of the Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.

The nine overall winners were awarded with $250 each by the major sponsors – the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

The other 25 award recipients received a total sum of $200 each which were sponsored by the other sponsors.

There were more than 20 stalls set up for farmers who brought over their livestock and crops to brighten up the show.

 

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