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Climate Smart Farmers Impress Agri Officer

Principal Agricultural Officer Paula Tuione has been im­pressed with Korotari vege­table farmers for honestly making use of the Farms-CARE initiative. During a visit to five farmers in this area, outside
03 Jun 2018 11:55
Climate Smart Farmers Impress Agri Officer
From Left: Ministry of Agriculture Labasa staff Timoci Vakaboro, Niraj Lal with Northern Principal Agriculture Officer Paula Tuione and farmers Satish Chand and Rakesh Chand on Korotari, Labasa on June 1,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu

Principal Agricultural Officer Paula Tuione has been im­pressed with Korotari vege­table farmers for honestly making use of the Farms-CARE initiative.

During a visit to five farmers in this area, outside Labasa Town, Mr Tuione was happy to see farmers implement the climate smart agri­culture concept.

“Farmers have moved to integra­tion and diversification to get the most out of their piece of land,” Mr Tuione said.

“Before the distribution of Farms -CARE assistance, these farmers quickly tried to recover from the loss they suffered after Tropical Cy­clones Keni and Josie.

“Some of their farms were under water that came from the nearby river.

“They quickly co-ordinated to seek help from the advisory coun­cillors and we assisted them with the provision of tractors to help in land preparation.

“Their own initiative brought pos­itive impact creating public-private partnership in what we call triple ‘P’.

“Through the recent natural dis­aster we have learnt a lot about climate change and how we need to help farmers gain normality.

“We plan to help them with mini irrigation concept, seedling multi­plication, greenhouse and the use of new technology.”

Rakesh Chand, 48, who has been doing vegetable farming in Koro­tari, Labasa, said he could not for­get how his one-acre piece of land was completely destroyed by flood waters.

“I am thankful to the Government and the Ministry of Agriculture for providing assistance to give us hope to rise again,” Mr Chand said.

“From the $1000 Farms-CARE as­sistance, I bought some farm tools, materials and seedlings.

“Today I have more than 3000 cab­bage and other vegetables in my farm.”

Another farmer Satish Chand said there were more than 300 farmers in Korotari and nearby areas who benefited from the Farms-CARE as­sistance and managed to do farm­ing.

“There are so many farmers whose only source of income is the supply and sale of vegetables at La­basa market,” Mr Chand said

“I am one of them and I thank the Government and Ministry of Ag­riculture, Labasa branch staff for their support.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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