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The Best In Central’s Yaqona And Beef Farming Rewarded

With only a primary education background, Ratu Eveli Dugutabua of Saumakia village in Naitasiri persisted to get more in life. He was recently rewarded by the Ministry of Agriculture whereby
20 Sep 2014 13:22
The Best In Central’s Yaqona And Beef Farming Rewarded
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With only a primary education background, Ratu Eveli Dugutabua of Saumakia village in Naitasiri persisted to get more in life.

He was recently rewarded by the Ministry of Agriculture whereby he received the Best Yaqona Farmer of the Year Award in the Central Division.

The 38-year-old only reached class eight after which he started yaqona farming which he sells in Labasa for $30 a kilogram. He says he sells in Labasa because there is good business there.

Last year, Mr Dugutabua managed to produce 0.6 tonnes of yaqona and thereby he was able to buy a three tonne truck with the profits from the sale of this.

But given yaqona takes years to mature, he decided to plant other crops so he can easily get money in the meantime.

“I have recently bought eight acres of land in Waituri, Nausori, to plant cash crops such as ginger, cassava and many more,” he said.

Mr Dugutabua’s future plan is to purchase a new piece of land for more yaqona farming and also some cash crop farming.

Beef farming

Meanwhile, Aisake Turaga from Naqia Village in Waidalice, Tailevu, an automotive mechanic by profession, turned to beef farming in 2011 after he was involved in a car accident.

His success in this field with so much potential was recognised and rewarded by the Ministry of Agriculture as well.

Mr Turaga won the Best Beef Farmer of the Year Award in the Central Division.

Mr Turaga is a single, energetic and ambitious farmer who uses modern technology to improve his production.

“I never regretted turning to beef farming after my accident and now my hard work has been paid off,” he said.

“I sell beef at an Abattoir in Nakasi and business is good.”

Currently, Mr Turaga is planning to buy bigger land to expand. At the moment, one of the issues he is facing is transportation of the cattles.

“My future plan is to look for another piece of land to increase the number of cattles to 300 or400,” he said.

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