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Best Banana Farmer 2017

Best Banana Farmer 2017
2017 Best Banana Farmer, Manuelin Vakarilala at the Western Farmers Awards at Tokatoka Resort in Nadi on 10 November 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
November 12
11:00 2017


Manueli Vakarilala started toiling his farm in his youth days and he has ripped the fruits of his hard work.

The 47-year-old man from Nubumakita Village in Ra was awarded the Best Banana Farmer during the Western Farmers Awards at Tokatoka Village in Nadi.

Mr Vakarilala said that the only way for people to be successful in life was to work hard when they are still young.

Mr Vakarilala was a school dropout and started farming as he knew it was a door to a successful future.

With the money he earned from farming over the past years, Mr Vakarilala managed to build his home, purchase his car and even machineries for his farm. This, he added was fruit of his hard work and perseverance. He also purchased another piece of land in which he planned to use for sugarcane farming.

Apart from that, Mr Vakarilala was able to put his five children to school with his eldest now pursuing her studies at a tertiary institution.

His farm has varieties of produce like vanilla, dalo, yams, cash crops and he started venturing into sheep farming.

One of the biggest downfalls, Mr Vakarilala said when his farm was destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Winston but that didn’t deter him.

“I have all varieties of vanilla in my farm and I have seen that banana is the best crop in this changing climate conditions because they can withstand any type of climate, I have earned so much from my banana farm,” he added.

When asked on monetary value of his earnings, the humble and soft spoken man chose not to enclose such details.

“I can’t find any excuses why young people are saying that they can’t find a job.

“Just look around you, there are a lot of empty lands in Fiji and this is where the money are.

He said that he had seen and met a lot of people who left their white collar jobs for farming because they have seen the financial benefits of it.


Other awards

n Best Dalo Farmer consecutively for the year 2010 and 2011.





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