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Fiji Rice Project At Maunidevo To Produce 250 Tonnes Of Paddy

Fiji Rice Limited’s Maunidevo Irriga­tion area, Macuata rice project is expected to have an output of around 250 tonnes of paddy. Fiji Rice general manager Ashrit Pratap said the 168
15 Nov 2018 10:43
Fiji Rice Project At Maunidevo To Produce 250 Tonnes Of Paddy
Fiji Rice Limited’s rice project site at Maunidevo Irrigation in Macuata Province is expected to have an output around 250 tonnes of paddy.

Fiji Rice Limited’s Maunidevo Irriga­tion area, Macuata rice project is expected to have an output of around 250 tonnes of paddy.

Fiji Rice general manager Ashrit Pratap said the 168 acre project land has ball grain and star varieties planted on it for this season.

“The project is based at Jajjas Singh’s farm,” Mr Pratap said.

Therice company purchased a tractor with its farming implements for the project.

He said Dreketi mill workers would be involved in the rice production.

“We require more paddy as the demand for local rice has increased drastically,” he said.

“And hence we have launched a rice development programme where the company will fund for all land preparation till harvesting.

“The paddy will then be taken to the mill.”

“After deducting the cost the profit will be given back to the farmers.”

He added the two pilot projects under the rice development programme would be begin at Laqere in Tabia and Navidamu in Seaqaqa.

“We are looking at 50 acres at each site,” he said.

“At the end of the main season, we expect to cultivate 268 acres in total and estimate production will be 402 tonnes of paddy minimum with a total dollar value of $321,600.

“After deducting expenses $192,960 is expected to be shared amongst the farmers.”

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