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Bachelor Toils Land, Makes Thousands From Harvest

Bachelor Toils Land, Makes Thousands From Harvest
From left: Farmer and market vendor Dildar Hussein with his cousin Azad Ali at Nadi Market on July 2, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
July 06
10:00 2018



Straight out from high school, bachelor Dildar Hussein has set his eyes on making a living out of farming.

He has not regretted the decision as he is now earning more than $1000 in a week.

The beauty about this, is he is his own boss.

“I earn more than one struggling to get to work every day, because he needs to start on time, dress up and work according to the expectations of his employer,” Mr Hussein said.

Based at Nadi Market, the 35–year-old sells pineapples, vegeta­bles while on his farm at Masasa outside Nadi he breeds also goats.

“To be a farmer you should not be a lazy person. I don’t need middle men to buy the crops I plant, har­vest and sell them in the market,” he said.

“I’ve been in the business for dec­ades and I have never regretted the decision to take up farming.

“I think people with white collar jobs don’t earn this much in a week like I do. In a good week I earn more than $1000.”

He is one of the biggest pineapple farmers from his area. He makes more than $40,000 dollars in a har­vest.

“I can earn more than $600 in a day from pineapples alone even though it takes a year to harvest,” Hussein said.

His 63 acres native land lease farm is his pride because on it he plants pineapples, vegetables, sugarcane and breeds goats.

“I’ve managed to buy my own car which cost $21,000 from money saved from selling my farm pro­duces,” Hussein said.

He also plans to build his own house before finding a woman.

After finding the right woman he definitely will instill all the values of making use of land resources down to his sons.

“I supply most of the market ven­dors in here especially the pineap­ple, sometimes people come to me to buy pineapples for their juice stalls and even events like wed­dings,” he said.

He employs only one laborer that is roped in every harvesting sea­sons.

“Just imagine if people can stop being lazy and start making use of land resources around them.

“There will no poverty in Fiji and I may not be that educated but still I am earning so much just from farming.

“The trouble now is people are getting spoilt by these freebies. There is so much land and opportu­nities to make money.”

He believes that a lazy attitude would always lead to poverty and that people should always make use of the land available around them.

“Sometimes I spend hours under scorching heat on my farm and I will never get tired of doing it be­cause I’ve seen the benefits after every harvest,” he said.

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