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Raikuna Urges Villagers To Plant Ginger

The first ginger farmer at Nabuli Village in Dreketi, Rewa, Bill Raikuna, is urging villagers to take up ginger farming. Mr Raikuna, who works for the European Union in Guam,
12 Dec 2014 11:46
Raikuna Urges Villagers To Plant Ginger
Ministry of Agriculture officials and Nabuli villagers at Bill Raikuna’s ginger farm in Nabuli Village, Rewa, yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The first ginger farmer at Nabuli Village in Dreketi, Rewa, Bill Raikuna, is urging villagers to take up ginger farming.

Mr Raikuna, who works for the European Union in Guam, is now on a break at his village to look after his one-acre ginger farm.

The Ministry of Agriculture has advised he would earn around $20,000 to $25,000 during his harvest.

Mr Raikuna said he was planting ginger to show his village that they had to move away from traditional farming where they only plant cassava and dalo.

“We have to break the barrier and try to do something else,” he said.

“Go away from our tradition of planting cassava, dalo, etc.”

He said if the Israelis could plant cabbage on desert land, Rewans could also plant ginger on their fertile land.

Mr Raikuna said iTaukei farmers should learn from the Chinese as many of them were involved in ginger farming.

“Ginger has markets here and abroad,” Mr Raikuna said.

He said that after his first harvest, he would extend his farm to two acres.

Mr Rakuna was also planting seedlings which he would supply to villagers interested in ginger farming.

Agriculture technical officer Rewa Waisake Maseikula said Mr Raikuna was the first ginger farmer in the Dreketi district in Rewa.

“Ginger requires good drainage and well prepared soil and in the Rewa delta ginger can grow well but it will need hardworking farmers,” Mr Maseikula said.

He said Mr Raikuna’s farm would really encourage the people to be engaged in ginger farming. He added that ginger could be sold green or matured.

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