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Take Care Of Tractor, Koya Urges Koronivia Farmers

Take Care Of Tractor, Koya Urges Koronivia Farmers
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya inspecting the farms in Koronivia, Nausori on July 18, 2018. Photo: Mohammed Zulfikar
July 20
11:37 2018

Koronivia Vegetable Farmers Co-operative (KVFC) was reminded that the new tractor is the source of income and they must take full ownership.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya while officiating the farm ground breaking ceremony in Koronivia yesterday said the Government, the people had put their faith in them and they must carry out what they have set out to do.

Mr Koya said this was an example of the Fijian Government’s continued investment, complemented by the support of the members of the Koronivia vegetable farmers co-operative.

KVFC is one of the two co-operatives in the central division funded under the Integrated Human Resources Development Programme (IHRDP).

The Minister said: “Co-operative business plays a very important role in fostering inclusive growth in communities, thus you values, principles, governance structures and commitment to sustainability and resilience will contribute to our social-economic development.”

The tractor was also funded by the Fijian Government through IHRDP.

The total project cost was $72,000 and the Government contributed $50,000 and the KVFC contributed the remaining $22000.

Mr Koya said the grant funding will enable KVFC to plant more varieties of vegetable seedlings that will provide higher yield and grow at a faster rate.

“KVFC is promoting the Fijian Government’s initiative to reduce food import bill, promoting healthy living and strengthening linkages to the tourism sector,” the minister said.

KVFC secretary Jagdish Kumar said the acquisition of a new tractor had been one of the projects in the co-operatives business plan.

“It has been a long journey in this process, commencing early last year, in terms of consultation with various stakeholders, drawing up project proposals and borrowing money from its members,” Mr Kumar said.

He said acquiring of the new tractor had been one of the most awaited projects.

The main markets to sell their produce is Suva and Nausori, where they retail and sometimes wholesale to market vendors.

They also sell to some of the supermarkets in the central division through agents.

The KVFC was established in 2010 and registered in 2011 and has over 40 members.

mohammed.zulfikar@fijisun.com.fj

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