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Donation boosts Nadroga youth club farm

Commercial cultivation of crops by the Navola Youth Club, of Vatukarasa Village, Komave, Nadroga, has been boosted by a donation of $2500. Thanks to the timely gesture yesterday by Vodafone
23 Jan 2018 11:00
Donation boosts Nadroga youth club farm
Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation executive Ambalika Devi Prakash (left), hands over the cheque to the members of Navola Youth Club on January 22, 2018. Photo: Vodafone ATH Foundation

Commercial cultivation of crops by the Navola Youth Club, of Vatukarasa Village, Komave, Nadroga, has been boosted by a donation of $2500.

Thanks to the timely gesture yesterday by Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation, the club can now generate income at a faster pace.

Club leader Waisale Rerega said: “The support will make our work easier and faster. It will enable us to generate revenue faster instead of just going through things manually.”

The club’s plantation is located on the Coral Coast along the Queens Highway and comprises yaqona, banana, dalo, vegetables and other cash crops.

“Consistent investment of time and effort by the youths will be profitable to Navola Youth Club. It will contribute immensely to our village. We have other projects running simultaneously. We are focussing on yaqona and cash crops,” Mr Rerega said.

Club treasurer Selina Siqadrodro said the $2500 donation would be used to buy a chainsaw, farming implements, yaqona cuttings and other seeds.

“The chainsaw will help increase clearance of fallow land for more cultivation. This in turn will increase the farming projects to generate revenue from yaqona, cassava and dalo cultivation,” she said.

“The club will also hire out the chainsaw to people planning to build houses and for use on their farms.’’

Club member Misiwata Lete said the produce from the farming project will be supplied to nearby hotels and sold at Sigatoka Market.

“The assistance will help Navola Youth widen our knowledge of business creativity and use smart ways of doing things. This will also encourage the members to work hard on our land and use available resources,” said Mr Lete.

The club is made up of 90 people of which are 25 youths who are registered active members.

Foundation executive Ambalika Devi Prakash said the foundation will be visiting the village again to provide financial literacy, project management, social media and storytelling training.

“However, this will be in the evening when the youths are back from the farm. We ensure as much not to drag youths to events when they are constructively investing time and effort for community sustainable livelihood,” she said.

“Through visiting villages we are also able to identify further needs and link them to proper institutes. We will also help their community market the product and service through a portal www.mobilise.com.fj which also shares information pertaining to projects undertaken by the community.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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