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Agriculture Show Recognises All

The three-day 2014 Central Agriculture Show held the past week in Syria Park, Nausori, was a resounding success. This was noted through the participation of farmers from as far Namosi,
16 Sep 2014 07:45
Agriculture Show Recognises All
Vani Liganivai

The three-day 2014 Central Agriculture Show held the past week in Syria Park, Nausori, was a resounding success.

This was noted through the participation of farmers from as far Namosi, Serua, Namosi, learning a thing or two of latest development in the agriculture industry.

While these farmers were also exhibitors, the event enabled them to know of the latest development, techniques and information from various government ministries and companies showcasing their services and products.

Thanks to strong corporate and regulatory body support, the Ministry of Agriculture designs the show to showcase reforms carried out in Fiji’s agriculture sector.

One of the most awaited part of the event is the recognition of farmers in different categories.

Dedication, dedication, dedication

Just like love, farming has no age barrier. At 71, Virisila Senibulu is best described as a hardworking lady.

Her love for farming enabled her to be the Value Adding Farmer of the Year. She has been a cocoa farmer for the last 20 years and has presently diversified in to three commodities.

This includes dairy farming, floriculture and cassava flour (value adding) at her Waivora farm at Dakuivuna in Tailevu.

With dairy she does hand-milking with 10 cows of which she earns $8,000 income annually.

Likewise she gets $7,000 from the sales of flowers at the Suva and Lautoka market.

Vidya Wati is a very dedicated and industrious woman farmer. Originally from Levuka, Mrs Wati established a farm at Korociriciri in Tailevu in 2001 with five ewes and five ram.

She won the Best Woman Livestock Farmer of the Year at the show. She has 43 sheep, 11 goats, five cattle 22 ducks, 30 poultry -acre boiler, 15 bee hives, one farm horse which operates on a 12 acres native land lease.

Rainun Nisha has taken in her stride to be an energetic and industrious farmer.She was a happy lady after being awarded the Layer Farmer of the Year. The 42 year old farmer’s four and half poultry farm is a self funded operation with 1000 layer birds of which 600 are laying and is producing 45 dozen/day. These are later sold at Suva, Navua and at her farm gate.

Her future plan is to increase her layer birds to 2000; currently she operates with three poultry sheds and is a owner of one minivan which uses for transporting her produce.

She is best described by the ministry as another superb example of a successful lady farmer.

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