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Na Yali Ko Gau Reaps Rewards

The Ministry of Agriculture, with assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), awarded 11 farmers of the Mataqali Tuiwailevu in Nacavanadi Village, Gau, with farming essentials to enhance
03 Oct 2014 10:00
Na Yali Ko Gau Reaps Rewards
Road open to one lane at Korovisilou, Serua, last night. PHOTO: FRA

The Ministry of Agriculture, with assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), awarded 11 farmers of the Mataqali Tuiwailevu in Nacavanadi Village, Gau, with farming essentials to enhance food and income security on the island.

The farming implements included knives, knapsack pumps, files and weedicide cost $3300.

The farmers, who are part of the Na Yali ko Gau scheme, are engaged in planting dalo, yaqona, cassava, bele and voivoi (pandanus).

Na Yali ko Gau youth leader Akariva Vura said the initiative was aimed at assisting in improving the living standards of the families on the island.

“We have drawn up a four-year plan for each farmer within the mataqali to plant 500 dalo and yaqona, 300 cassava and 50 voivoi for the betterment and improvement of the clan. When the harvesting period comes, homes will be built from the income earned from the farm,” Mr Vura said.

Senior Agriculture Officer (Lomaiviti) Nimilote Waqabaca said Na Yali ko Gau scheme is an example for the youth in other villages.

Farmer Penioni Turaga thanked the Ministry of Agriculture and SPC for the farming implements.

“This will be used to upgrade and maintain the initial target for individual farmers and we are grateful for the help delivered to outer islands,” Mr Turaga said.

Meanwhile, the mataqali’s women were also recognised for handicrafts such as mats, fans and kitchen utensils.

The Na Yali ko Gau village group of the Mataqali Tuiwailevu often liaises with its youths residing in urban areas for financial and moral support.

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