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Naisua Promises To Plant More

Jovesa Naisua, 59, a vegetable farmer of Namada, Ba, was among the 531 people who each received a $1000 grant from the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday for the small
22 Oct 2015 12:46
Naisua Promises To Plant More
Jovesa Naisua with his grant. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Jovesa Naisua, 59, a vegetable farmer of Namada, Ba, was among the 531 people who each received a $1000 grant from the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday for the small and micro business development.

He said the grant would help him grow more food to sell.

“I usually plant eggplant, cassava, dalo, and many other crops to support my two children who are in high school. This grant will cater for the resources I need to upgrade my farm to help my children,” Mr Naisua said.

“I made an application for $500 to buy my planting equipment and seeds and that’s what I received today.”

Mr Naisua  said he had bulldozed the land where he would plant on.

“I personally thank Government for giving us the means to be able to stand on our feet and make a living instead of being too dependent,” he said.

“I am 59 years old and as far as I am concerned, no other Government has ever given us something like this to help us.”

 

Canteen business

Shakila Bano, 48, a canteen owner of Sarava, Ba, made similar comments.

“I started this business for four years ago. I started it with my own money, but after that I got a loan from micro-finance,” she said.

“It was hard setting up the business, but now it’s much more stable and with this grant, I’ll buy one freezer to put items that need refrigeration to keep them fresh.”

Ms Bano said she received a card she submitted to a Fiji Development Bank official who then gave her cheque of $1000, which she applied for six months ago.

“I am so happy to be receiving the grant and I am thankful to the Prime Minister for standing by us and always keeping his promises to the people. We have full faith in him and his leadership,” she said.

 

Another canteen business

Loata Draunivuana, 38 of Malake Village, said she was also thankful for the form of assistance.

“I started my canteen business in Malake in 2013   and today I have received $900 to buy some things to help my business grow,” she said.

“I thank the Government because no one else has done this for us and I will use this grant it to buy my deep freezer, chicken, sausages, butter and other important things for my canteen.”

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