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Taveuni farmer sets the trend

Krishna Swammy, of Waim­aqera, on Taveuni, almost lost everything during Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016. It was hard to rebuild everything from scratch but the 49-year-old was determined to put
26 Feb 2018 14:19
Taveuni farmer sets the trend
Krishna Swammy at his dalo farm in Taveuni. Photo: Wati Talebula

Krishna Swammy, of Waim­aqera, on Taveuni, almost lost everything during Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

It was hard to rebuild everything from scratch but the 49-year-old was determined to put a roof over his children’s heads.

“In 2016 my house was damaged and so was my farm,’’ Mr Swam­my said.

“But I wasn’t going to sit back and do nothing. I was glad I re­ceived the Northern Development Programme (NDP) grant in time. I received the grant after Tropical Cyclone Winston,” the father-of-three said.

“I received $10,000 from the NDP grant and loan of $15,000 from a bank. I was able to buy a gen­erator, brush-cutter and water pump.”

Mr Swammy said the NDP grant has boosted his confidence.

“My wife has been very support­ive and without her I wouldn’t have reached this far. My wife helps on the farm. I plant yaqona, dalo and vegetables,’’ Mr Swam­my said.

“My two children could not be­come what they wanted to become because of financial difficulties. I am glad that the Government is giving free education and bus fare to students.”

He said learning from mistakes was a must.

“I as a farmer I face a lot of dif­ficulties. I would like the relevant authorities to increase the market for dalo and yaqona. My custom­ers are mainly from Taveuni,” Mr Swammy said.

“One of the main challenges I face is finding a secure market for chilies and markets for my other produce especially dalo and yaqo­na.”

Mr Swammy is urging parents to make sure that their children become the best they can be and becoming a farmer should be the last resort.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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