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Young Farmer Of The Year Encourages Young People

“Receiving this award is not just to be seen, but to encourage young people in the village and around towns and cities to start farming,” Mr Liu said.
17 Oct 2020 11:29
Young Farmer Of The Year Encourages Young People
Young Farmer of the Year award recipient Kei Long Liu (second from left), with the Minister for Agriculture, Mahendra Reddy, during the Central-Eastern Agriculture Show 2020 at Syria Park, Nausori, on October 16, 2020. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Kei Long Liu has encouraged young people to move into farming while they are still young.

Mr Liu made the comment after he was awarded the Young Farmer of the Year Award Central/Eastern during the Agriculture Show 2020 in Nausori yesterday.

“Receiving this award is not just to be seen, but to encourage young people in the village and around towns and cities to start farming,” Mr Liu said.

He said farming was fast money, and there was no way you were not going to survive.

The 21-year-old developed a passion for farming at a young age, back when his parents had a market vending business at the Suva municipal market.

In his school days, Mr Li would return from primary and secondary school at 3pm and sell at the market until 7pm.

After completing a level seven diploma in Information Technology from New Zealand, he still dream of farming.

In 2018, Mr Li decided to run the farm as a business for a full time job at their five acre family farm in Wainibuku.

In 2018, $40,000 was used to develop his 17 acre land at Qiolevu, Sawani, which was fully utilised with planting of root crops and vegetables.

In 2019, from the money he got from the farm, he bought a second hand Land cruiser for $30,000.

He employs six permanent labourers on the farm.

Today, Mr Li is the biggest supplier of ginger, dalo and vegetables to the Suva Municipal Market.

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