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InterContinental Fiji Helps Farmer

InterContinental Fiji Helps Farmer
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Area General Manager South Pacific, Andrew Davidson ( middle) with, Saula Bete (right) and Nadroga/Navosa Senior Agriculture Officer, Amelia Karavanua in Nadi on September 13, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa.
September 16
10:30 2017

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa in Natadola has stepped in to assist 48-year-old farmer, Saula Bete.

In the past the farmer from Malomalo in Nadroga would supply his farm produce to a middle man in Lautoka who then sold it to the hotel at a higher price.

“I am really grateful towards InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa for their assistance, now I don’t need to go further to sell my farm produce, before the middle man would buy them at a cheaper price,” Mr Bete said.

This is part of the resort’s community outreach for the InterContinental Hotel Group Foundation week.

Mr Bete said that he had cultivated five acres of his land to farm vegetable, crops and herbs that would be needed by the resort.

“Before when I was dealing with the middle man, I usually get around $1500 every month but now I will be able to get more with this assistance. It will be easier for me to because they are just close by.”

Mr Bete said not only would the resort purchase his produce, they also provided farming equipment and staff from the resort assisted him in toiling the land.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Area general manager South Pacific, Andrew Davidson said assisting the community was one of their major priorities.

He said they had been involved in community outreach over the past years.

“We wanted to get a farmer to sell his produce with us, so we were able to get this through the assistance from Ministry of Agriculture.

“After a meeting with the chef, we finally decided the farm produce we wanted,” Mr Davidson said.

He also acknowledged the Ministry for Agriculture for stepping in.

“We want to produce straight from the farm to the resort and this will be a source of revenue for the family too,” Mr Davidson added.

Nadroga\Navosa senior agriculture officer, Amelia Karavanua said the aim was to build a relationship between the farmers and hotels.

“This is a market linkage, for farmers to supply their produce to the hotels rather than going to the middle man.

“This is very good initiative by the hotel and we are here to provide technical assistance, we will also provide a 10,000 litre water tank to assist him during dry spells,” she said.

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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