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Kumar Proves It Can Be Done

Twenty-five-year-old James Kumar, of Mua in Taveuni has not regretted dropping out of school to plant dalo. He has been doing it for the past ten years. The young boy
11 Jul 2015 10:57
Kumar Proves It Can Be Done
James Kumar, winner of the Northern Agriculture Show’s Dalo Farmer of the Year award. Photo: Peni Drauna

Twenty-five-year-old James Kumar, of Mua in Taveuni has not regretted dropping out of school to plant dalo. He has been doing it for the past ten years.

The young boy who only reached Year 10 at Bucalevu Secondary School proved critics wrong when he walked away with the ‘Dalo Farmer of the Year Award’.

Mr Kumar, who received the award during the Northern Agriculture Show in Labasa yesterday, said he would not stop here but keep striving for the best.

“As soon as I left school, I decided to assist my parents on the farm as there was nothing else to do,” Mr Kumar said.

Ever since he ventured into dalo farming, he has never looked back.

“It was the turning point in my life. I then realised that so much can be done on the farm but I was just too blind to see for myself.”

Mr Kumar said people always questioned him on his decision to leave school and opt to toil the land.

“I have to be honest, it was hard at first but I am an expert now in terms of planting methods and harvesting dalo.

 

Challenges

“The main challenge is the market to sell the dalo.”

Meanwhile, Mr Kumar owns a 10-hectare dalo farm.

He has been able to buy farming equipment worth $10,000, a family vehicle worth $40,000 and even managed to construct his own farm house.

He has more than 10 labourers.

 

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