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Youths Told: Money In Yaqona

Youths Told: Money In Yaqona
(From left) Tevita Niumataiwalu, Waisele Niumataiwalu, Inia Waqa, Sakaraia Niumataiwalu and Sakaraia Niumataiwalu with their harvests. Photo: Josaia Ralago.
June 17
09:00 2017


Youths have been urged to take advantage of the yaqona market price and venture into its cultivation.

Sharing these sentiments was 26-year-old Tevita Niumataiwalu of Vunivau in Labasa who runs a yaqona farm outside the town.

A team from the Fiji Sun caught up with Mr Niumataiwalu and his brothers returning from a harvest on Thursday June 15.

The Namuka, Macuata native said; “We have been farming yaqona for the past eight years but it is the recent market price which has provided that extra boost.

“I am a soldier by profession but we attend to the farm as a family during our free time as it has helped us a lot.”

Mr Niumataiwalu along with his brothers had harvested a total of 15 three year old yaqona plants.He expected to collect roughly over $2000.

“This has helped our family greatly with our expenses, putting our siblings in schools, paying the bills and to also save money.

“You see, I have three brothers attending the University of the South Pacific, and instead of asking our parents for tuition fees and other requirements, we turn to farming to cater for these.”

He said this was a great way to supplement their income.

“We used to harvest only six year old plants before but now we harvest three year old one. And we only harvest when there is something we need something to be attended to financially.

“I would like to urge our youths, young men who think that having a job in the town is everything when it is not. Our land has so much to offer.”


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