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Jaweli Scoop Best Potato Farmer Award

Jaweli Scoop Best  Potato Farmer Award
From right, Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Viam Pillay hands the awards to Best Patato Farmer, Jaweli Naluaikaba and his wife, Laniana Maria during the Western Farmers Awards at Tokatoka Resort in Nadi on 10 November 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
November 12
11:00 2017

 

Saving money is the best way to become financially secured.

This was something that Jaweli Nauluikaba has been doing for the past years as a cash crop farmer in Balenabelo, Sigatoka.

The 38-year-old was awarded the Best Potato Farmer at the 2017 Western Farmers Awards at Tokatoka Resort in Nadi.

Apart from potato, he also plants cassava, corns, egg plants, cabbages, beans and other vegetables.

For his one-acre potato farm, Mr Nauluikaba said in a month he managed to harvest 200 tonnes of potatoes which he sold $1.50 per kilograms at the local markets.

He earns more than $2000 dollars from his potato farm in a period of three months and these earnings is injected into savings account.

Mr Nauluikaba said he earns more than $20,000 dollars within a year from the other crops and vegetables.

“I put more priority onto my family and children, the rest of the money goes into my bank account.

“My children’s education is paramount to me and I want to give them the life I didn’t get when I was growing up in the village,” he added.

To have a financially secured future and a safety net in case of an emergency, Mr Nauluikaba said it was really important to have a savings account.

He worked at a resort in Malolo for quite some time but he quit his job and took up farming because he wanted to earn more.

“The problem is people want to aim for professional white collar jobs,  for young people just because they don’t have an office job they tend to think that they are unemployed, this is wrong.

“There is money in the land, all you need is hard work and perseverance, to be a successful farmer you need to sweat for it,” he added.

Mr Nauluikaba said that he managed to build his home which cost more than $20,000 and send all his five children to school.

“I just want to thank God for giving me the wisdom which enables me to manage my farm and as well as my money where I am also able to cater for my family’s welfare,” he added.

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.

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