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Farmers Benefit From Farming Aid

Farmers in Kiuva Village will be able to capitalise on farming activities after the Ministry of Agriculture provided a digger under the Flat Land Development Programme in the Central Division.
02 Aug 2014 08:04

Farmers in Kiuva Village will be able to capitalise on farming activities after the Ministry of Agriculture provided a digger under the Flat Land Development Programme in the Central Division.
Earlier this year, Government through the Ministry of Agriculture bought a digger, a truck, other small machinery and agro inputs totalling $500,000 allocated under the capital programme for 2014.
For 62-year-old Kelemedi Lagi, this new development will allow them to cultivate land and plant more root crops for their families.
“The only source of income for most of us is farming so through this assistance, we are able to reap the benefits,” he said.
Sharing similar sentiments was Timaleti Rokobatina, who said farming had now improved after proper drainage works were carried out in the village.
“In the past we used to do more in trying to flatten our land and drainage system were not good; however with the assistance provided by Government we are more than happy,” she said.
Mrs Rokobati said they had seen the young generation utilising their land and using their time well. “Compared to the attitude of the young generation 10 years ago, there has been a major change in the mindset of our youths,” she said.
Principal agricultural officer in the Central Division Tepola Seniloli said the digger works will facilitate drainage and farming works undertaken in the village.
“There are a lot of farmers in Kiuva and this assistance will be helpful for farmers and avoid flooding on their farmlands with proper drainage,” Mrs Seniloli.
“This will assist farmers because if they hire private contractors then it will be more expensive compared to Government charge, farmers will be able to pay $10 for 10 hours,” Mrs Seniloli said.
She said the this assistance would greatly assist farmers and would improve food security.
Farmers from Kiuva are involved in planting watermelons, capsicum and root crops, which are then sold to middlemen in Suva and Nausori for income. Minfo News
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