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Early- Morning Trip To Receive Handout

Twenty-two-year-old Kolaia Ivi left his village on horseback in the early hours of yesterday to make it in time to receive the $1000 small and micro busi­ness grant. His village
26 May 2018 11:00
Early- Morning Trip To Receive Handout
Minister for Industry , Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya hands over a cheque of the micro and small business grant to Kolaia Ivi at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on 25 May 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

Twenty-two-year-old Kolaia Ivi left his village on horseback in the early hours of yesterday to make it in time to receive the $1000 small and micro busi­ness grant.

His village of Nabutautau is located deep within Viti Levu’s isolated Nausori Highlands.

The yaqona farmer was among the 600 recipients who received the grant from Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya at Koroivolu Park in Nadi.

“I left my village at around 4am this morning on horse­back, I got to the main road and from there I paid $40 to get to Nadi Town. I was so excited to receive this $1000,” he said.

“I am a yaqona farmer and at the same time I plant root crops such as cassava and dalo, from which I earn close to $500 a week.

“At the same time I am not married, so I am able to save a lot of money in the bank,” Mr Ivi said.

The $1000 grant, he said, would enable him to buy more farm tools to help cultivate his farm.

“One of the biggest problems I face as a farmer in the Nausori Highlands is transportation to get my produce to Nadi Market every day. I pay more than $100 every time to get my farm produce to the market,” Mr Ivi said.

“This grant will boost my farm, especially for a young farmer like me, I am trying to save enough money so that I can purchase a car.”

Another recipient, 59-year-old Ramesh Pratap, said he would venture into goat farming at Yako settlement in Nadi with the $1000 grant.

“This grant is a big help from Government for grassroots people like us,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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