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Two Women Sign Up, See Future In Farming

Two Women Sign Up, See Future In Farming
From left: Saheedan (left) of Talaiya, Ba, Director of Sugar Sanjay Kumar and Malti Devi, of Cuvu, Nadroga after the signing of their grants in Lautoka on November 5, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
November 06
11:23 2018


Two women were among the 23 new cane farmers who signed their grant agreements with the Ministry of Sugar in Lautoka yesterday.

The two, Malti Devi of Cuvu, Nadroga and Saheedan of Talaiya, Ba were two determined women who signed up to become cane farmers.

Ms Devi, 57, had been tending to her husband’s farm for many years but the thought of her children growing up and having something to fall back on drove her to get her own farm.

Ms Devi’s husband, Sudhu Prasad, of Cuvu, Sigatoka, has a farm-share arrangement with his brother Kasi Ram.

Ms Devi said she had worked on this farm for years and when she heard Government was assisting new farmers, she thought of the future of her children.

“I wanted to get this farm because when my husband is no longer here, my children will have nothing to fall back on. At least with this farm, which is 15 acres with a projected output of around 300 tonnes of sugar cane, it can be there for the children when we are not here.

“I am so grateful to this Government in providing this opportunity as the future of our children is secure now.”

Atunaisa Livanalagi, 36, of Tagitagi in Tavua left the banking industry and has called on young Fijians who have idle land belonging to their family to utilise it for farming.

“There are too many young people in the urban areas as the Government has provided a chance for them to make a life for themselves. I worked in Suva for the past 16 years at ANZ Bank. I saw that we have a potential to come and do farming.

“Working at the bank I have to leave home and go but for farming I stay where I will work and this my new farm in Tagitagi.”

Mr Livanalagi said he had 32 acres of land and was looking to produce from 80 to 100 tonnes of sugar cane each season.

“That’s my aim. I was brought up in the farms by my grandmother and uncle and since they are gone I decided to take up farming.

“I would like to thank Government and the Prime Minister for coming up with this kind of initiatives.”

“It really helps us a lot, for the new farmers, especially for the funding and the grant that we have received today.        “We just need to encourage the youths to step forward and come and do farming because there is a lot of potential that we can get from farming.

“Especially the unemployed, there is a lot of vacant land in our mataqali.

“This is a good time to get in to farming while Government is assisting.”




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