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Hard Work Pays Off For Mishra

Retired school teacher Ram Mishra is now reaping the rewards of his hard work after he took home top awards at the Central Division Agriculture Show held the past week.
14 Sep 2014 10:35
Hard Work Pays Off For Mishra
Leone Tauleka and Sainiana Dilo pleased to see the Waisulubonu waters much clearer than before. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Retired school teacher Ram Mishra is now reaping the rewards of his hard work after he took home top awards at the Central Division Agriculture Show held the past week.

Mr Mishra, of Viwawa, Navua, earned himself the Crop Farmer of the Year and the Central Farmer of the Year awards announced at Syria Park, in Nausori.

“It was great to be honoured at the show because I had applied previously but did not win anything,” Mr Mishra said.

“My 115 acre farm is located at Vakabalea in Navua where I plant 30 acres of dalo and cassava and 10 acres of vegetables.”

The 57-year-old plans to expand and cultivate his land by 10 acres per year for cassava and dalo.

He plans to export dalo and cassava through a new player in the market JMO Exporters of Brisbane Australia owned by Mul Prasad. Mr Prasad is currently setting up a processing facility at Navua.

Mr Mishra said: “I supply dalo and cassava to Ben’s Trading who then export it overseas but now with the market opening up I plan to export overseas may be Brisbane in the near future.”

Background

During his teaching career he was sent to India in 1976 for four years to attain his Bachelor of Science. He was greatly inspired by commercial farmers in India in the way they utilised land. After teaching, in 2002, he took up the challenge and started farming on six hectres of land and earned an income of $28,000 per year from dalo, cassava and vegetables.

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