Sigavou Farmers For Youths Takes Shape In Nadi
A group, including some former rugby stars, is making a difference to the lives of young people in their village.
Rosivela Dresu along with Maikeli Naqera, Aminiasi Drodrolagi, Apenisa Naibati, Etuate Derenalagi, Tawase, Semi Namata and Apisai Naevo, have been the driving force of the Sigavou Farmers project.
Together, they set up the project for the youths in Nadi
The initiative is led by Mr Dresu, a technical crops officer of Fiji Crop and Livestock Council.
Sigavou Farmers is made up of 15 youths who managed to clear the land within a week, ventured into commercial farming, and are now establishing markets for their produce.
Mr Dresu introduced the organic farming methods to the group.
President Sergeant Savenaca Aria said: “Rosivela set up Sigavou Farmers to create employment for unemployed men and youths of the village and to generate income. Four acres of land has finally been put into good use.”
He said before farming, the unemployed villagers were often caught up on the wrong side of the law.
Sigavou Farmers plant garnet yams, a sweet potato which is giving big returns for them, he said.
Mr Aria, a Police officer and former Flying Fijian centre said apart from planting crops, the group hosted fundraising drives like selling coconut and kai (mussels).
“All the proceeds which we have embarked on will help us in buying a tractor and give a smoother running of the enterprise.
“This initiative has and will do more for these men and to the farm. It certainly has made the men eager to do more,” said Mr Aria.
“When this project is on a roll then we will consider assisting other neighbouring villages in Nadi with similar projects.”
Edited by Ranoba Baoa