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No Regrets About Quitting Varsity For Life On Farm: Joveci

Joveci Madraitabua says he has no regrets about quitting university and returning to help his dad on their dairy farm in Lokuya, Waidalice, Tailevu. Joveci, 23, had done Foundation and
01 Mar 2018 10:14
No Regrets About Quitting Varsity For Life On Farm: Joveci
Joveci Madraitabua, milking a cow at their dairy farm in Lokuya, Waidalice, Tailevu on February 28, 2018 . Photo: Nemani Delaibatiki

Joveci Madraitabua says he has no regrets about quitting university and returning to help his dad on their dairy farm in Lokuya, Waidalice, Tailevu.

Joveci, 23, had done Foundation and two years of Environmental Studies when he heeded the call of his father, Joseva Toganivalu Madraitabua.

Joveci said he was raised in the farm and stayed with his grandparents.

“So it was not that hard to return to the land,” he said.

“It is a great life. It’s peaceful, the air is clean and the food is fresh.

“There is also money to be made. It can be a rewarding life if we put our mind to it.”

He said since he left university he had enjoyed every bit of life on the farm.

He said some people did not like to dirty their hands and their feet.

“I don’t mind that. I love it,” he said.

He was helping milk the cows by hand yesterday when Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu made a surprise visit.

The milking machine is in Nausori being repaired.

Dad Mr Madraitabua said Joveci was the youngest  of his children and “I needed help.”

“I told him to come back to the dairy farm and help me develop it. I am 53  and I needed help,” he said.

His parents had originally ran the farm. When he retired as a school teacher, there was only one choice – to return and develop the farm.

He said with the assistance from the ministry and some money  he got after his retirement.

He thanked Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu for his support and words of encouragement. Mr Seruiratu visited the farm yesterday and was impressed with the progress it had made.

He said he had a plan to fully develop the dairy farm by 2020.”

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