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Tavua Man Banks On Farming

Hanumanta Naidu of Tagitagi, Tavua thanks the Department of Social Welfare for assisting him with $1600 seed money to start a goat farm, a business that has made him prosper.
12 Oct 2014 08:18
Tavua Man Banks On Farming
Hanumanta Naidu (left), with daughter Vikashni Naicker, at their farm in Tavua.

Hanumanta Naidu of Tagitagi, Tavua thanks the Department of Social Welfare for assisting him with $1600 seed money to start a goat farm, a business that has made him prosper.

“I started the farm with just five goats. Today there are over 100 goats on my farm and I earn around $3000 to $5000 by selling the goats and the demand is higher during festive seasons.

“Through this business, I have invested in the education of my daughters. The eldest one is studying medicine while the youngest one is doing an agriculture course.

“I have also started a poultry farm and bee-keeping project and my wife also sells vegetables at the Tavua market, “he said.

Now he is into sugarcane farming, poultry farming, bee-keeping and even selling vegetables at Tavua market.

Through the Government’s welfare graduation programme, Mr Naidu, a social welfare recipient, moved from welfare to workfare.

The programme is a partnership co-ordinated by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and the National Centre for Small and Micro Enterprises Development (NCSMED),

He said he faced many challenges but this did not discourage him from his passion for farming.

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