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Mani’s Grant To Improve Farm

Being born with a deformed hand has hardly deterred 68-year-old Raj Mani from being a productive farmer. Mr Mani has been working like any other Fijian farmer grazing his flock
22 Apr 2017 11:02
Mani’s Grant To Improve Farm
Raj Mani with his grant received by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on April 21, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Being born with a deformed hand has hardly deterred 68-year-old Raj Mani from being a productive farmer.

Mr Mani has been working like any other Fijian farmer grazing his flock on the paddock around his farm.

Mr Mani was among the 1202 recipients from Nadroga and Navosa who received the disbursement of Micro and Small Business (MSB) grants yesterday. The grants were disbursed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

This handover represents an investment of $1.1 million by Government.

Mr Mani lives on a Crown C land in Nadrala in the upper Sigatoka area and felt that his grant would empower him to be even more productive.

“I have been born like this, but it does not stop me from being productive,” he said.

He currently has eight goats and wishes to invest more in his flock to boost his farm life.

Other grant recipients

Padma Wati, 78, of Lomawai who has been a widow for 20 long years, wants to set up a goat perimeter to safeguard the flock.

“I have 10 goats back home and want to increase it, this will solve the issue of safe keeping from attacks,” she said.

“Thank the Government for giving me something and being concerned with my plight.”

Aliti Buruvou, 39, of Kubuna, Lomawai will use her grant assistance to procure frozen food items for her canteen which is located adjacent to a school and bus stop.

“This will assist me to get a fridge so I can sell ice-blocks and frozen goods with the locality I have,” he said.

Marika Sevou, 67, of Nayawa Village will use his grant to build up his bee keeping business.

“I have recently moved to my farm house and have mostly produced to sell and heard that bee hive and need more investment to be done on my 2.5 acres,” Mr Sevou said.

Harnish Kaur, 22 of Cuvu will use her grant assistance to purchase goat farming gear.

She lives with her elderly grandmother and completed her Year 13 education.

“I needed some sort of investment more since there is a demand for more sales,” Ms Kaur said.

Hari Ram of Nabaka, Valley Road in Nadroga has been in the farming business since he was 15-years-old.

At the age of 67 he is toiling their 13.5 acres land which 10 acres are on a flat and needs irrigation during dry season.

“I am grateful to the Government for this scheme that I can even be empowered similar to those present here,” Mr Ram said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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