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Hardwork Pays Off For Northland Farmers Co-operative Ltd

Hardwork Pays Off For Northland Farmers Co-operative Ltd
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya (fourth from left), with the Northland Farmers Co-operative (NFC) members after the opening of Northland Farmers’ Cooperative Retail Store in Korovou Town, Tailevu, on September 12, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 13
12:00 2018

The opening of the Northland Farmers’ Cooperative Retail Store is an example of a Co-operative investment, complemented by the hard work and support of its members.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources,  Faiyaz Siddiq Koya officiated at the opening of the store in Korovou, Tailevu yesterday.

The store was an initiative by the Northland Farmers’ Co-operative Limited.

Mr Koya said: “The opening of the outlet, will enable farmers in the province of Tailevu and nearby areas to purchase farming tools and equipment, seeds, cattle feeds and other farming products right here in Korovou, instead of travelling to Nausori or Suva.

“Such cooperation and collaboration are truly encouraging and I urge you members of the Northland Farmers Co-operative to continue the good work.

“Over the last seven decades, Co-operatives have evolved significantly with 1,809 Co-operatives registered in Fiji.

“The emphasis now is on more resource-based rather than consumer. For the past five years, on average 20 new resource-based Co-operatives are registered each year.

“As the Fijian Government recognises the important role micro, small and medium enterprises play in making an economy resilient to external shocks, special attention has been given to the Co-operative model. Especially in terms of the crucial contribution Co-operatives make to the Fijian economy.

“I am convinced that great days lie ahead of our beloved Korovou town – great opportunities to generate more economic activities and providing more employment opportunities.

“This once sleepy town is coming alive with a number of major projects in the recent years.

“However, with today’s opening, Korovou town will not bring life to the Province of Tailevu, but to the other nearby Provinces as well.

“Korovou is powering ahead. Rewa and Naitasiri are powering ahead. And anyone who hasn’t visited this part of Fiji for a decade or so will be amazed at the transformation this new infrastructure is bringing.

“There’s a new buzz in the air. A feeling of optimism. And that buzz is sweeping the entire country.”AGM

Northland Farmers’ Co-operative Limited had its annual general meeting yesterday.

The shareholders of the Cooperative will also receive their dividends soon.

Northland Farmers Co-operative chairperson Hirday Lahkan said it was a fruitful meeting with minister and he hoped the concerns raised by the farmers to the minister during the talanoa session would be taken into consideration.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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