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USP Dropout Excels In Village Farming

Nadroga native Tevita Naqaya left his studies at a tertiary institute last year after struggling to make good grades. The 23-year-old returned to his village of Tore in the Nasigatoka
17 Dec 2016 16:20
USP Dropout Excels In  Village Farming
Tore Farmers Group Best Young Farmer award winner Tevita Naqaya. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

Nadroga native Tevita Naqaya left his studies at a tertiary institute last year after struggling to make good grades.

The 23-year-old returned to his village of Tore in the Nasigatoka district to try his hand tilling the land. He was recently recognised with the Best Young Farmer award with the Tore Farmers Group.

The six cluster groups of the Tore Farmers Group and the awards ceremony was held in the village on Wednesday, officiated by director of Land Resource Planning and Development Nacanieli Waka.

“I studied Land Management at the University of the South Pacific for around two years, but I could not do well in my exams I realised, so I decided to come back to the village and become a farmer,” he said.

“And it’s profitable.”

Coming from a farming background in the village, Mr Naqaya was at home with the tasks and techniques associated with farming.

“We make use of the barren land in the village to do farming and this is very good for us,” Mr Naqaya said.

He has a farm of variety of vegetables and root crops.

“I plant cassava, sweet potato, capsicum, tomatoes, red fire chillies, lettuce, coral red, coral green and varieties of egg-plants,” he said.

Mr Naqaya and the other villagers sell their yield to nearby resorts and hotels and are also contracted to Agro Marketing.

“The incomes we generate from the yields are far better and we also sell the leftovers in the village and by the roadside,” he said.

Mr Naqaya said with his hard work and dedication towards what he loves doing he hoped that the future would bear him more success in the agriculture sector.

“I left studies because I knew I was not good at it, so instead of wasting my time I decided to settle my career in farming and I have no regrets,” he said.

Village headman Ilaitia Ratubuli said the village farmers were also the suppliers for 400,000 sweet potatoes (kumala) seedlings for the outer islands.

This earned them a total of $40,000.

The farmers of Tore village had begun their integrated approach to farming two years ago and now have at least 30 farmer forming the various groups.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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