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Prasad Diversifies Into Sugar Looking At Potential

Jamuna Prasad is today reaping benefits of learning agriculture farming skills from his father. He is thriving in agriculture business. The 46 year-old of Sarava Settlement, Nakama, has been farming
08 Jul 2015 12:41
Prasad Diversifies Into Sugar Looking At Potential
Farm boy Inoke Sanaila (left) and farmer Jamuna Prasad. Photo: Peni Drauna

Jamuna Prasad is today reaping benefits of learning agriculture farming skills from his father. He is thriving in agriculture business.

The 46 year-old of Sarava Settlement, Nakama, has been farming assorted crops for the past 23 years.

But he cultivated 40 acres of land to plant sugarcane seeing the potential it has to boost his farming business.

“In a month I can get around $1200 of profit from selling vegetables and expect to increase after planting sugarcane in this area,” he said.

Currently, Mr Pasad is cultivating a total of 30 acres of vegetables and root crops.

He plants pumpkins, cucumber, cabbage, eggplant, tomato which he harvests and sells at the market on Saturday. He also sells to some local supermarkets.

“These vegetables in Labasa are available at affordable prices as always but when it is off season the prices fluctuates,” he said.

“There is a lot competition, but business is always good when you have more vegetables varieties to offer to farmers.”

Mr Prasad employs five farm boys at his farm who do work on a daily basis.

He believes the Ministry of Agriculture is carrying out good initiatives to help farmers in the North.

“I want to thank the ministry for the support and guidance because they normally visit our farm and give us advice in every way,” he said.

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