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North yaqona farmer earns as much as $8000 a day

A yaqona farmer in the North says he is earning as much as $8000 a day from selling the commodity. Aminiasi Rokoba is also a vendor at the Savusavu Municipal
07 Jan 2018 11:00
North yaqona farmer earns as much as $8000 a day
Aminiasi Rokoba and Penioni Takayale with their grog at the Savusavu market, last week. PHOTO: NACANIELI TUILEVUKA

A yaqona farmer in the North says he is earning as much as $8000 a day from selling the commodity.

Aminiasi Rokoba is also a vendor at the Savusavu Municipal Market.

He said since Tropical Cyclone Winston, though it hit our econo­my much and affected the lives of many, it also became a blessing in disguise for yaqona farmers.

“Before tropical cyclone (Winston) hit Fiji, the price of grog was be­tween $40 and $50 a kilogram,” Mr Rokoba said.

“However, after the cyclone, the price of grog increased to $100 a kilogram,” he said.

“Grog farming is a good business and we have benefitted a lot from it and have helped in improving our living standards.

“I am a kava farmer; I provide my grog and make good money out of it.”

He said the recipe for success in the business was hard work and de­termination.

“One challenge that avoids a farm­er from being successful is his fear of the unknown,” Mr Rokoba said.

“But I would like to encourage farmers to be bold and plant for the market and run their farm as a business because at the end of the days farmers will be winners.”

Labasa vendor, Marica Tuwaise­le, said her yaqona business had grown and was helping in prepara­tion for her children for the start of the school year.

“The demand is higher even though the price of kava is sky­rocketing,” she said.

“Towards the end of last year, we noticed the demand was higher than what we had experienced ear­lier in the year.

“This business is a big help for families who depend on kava for income and they have no other source of income.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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