Land Is The Answer

“We, Fijians have abundance of idle land and cultivating these land will improve our food security”,
23 Jun 2021 14:41
Land Is The Answer

A 47-year-old woman who gave up her full time clerk job to be a farmer says, land is the solution to fight the crisis due to COVID-19.

Kasaya Naisuwalu gave up her full time job at a food processing and exporting company last year to utilise her five acres of land at Galoa Village in Navua.

She was assisted by Minitry of Agriculture Navua officials under the free seeds programme rolled out following the first phase of COVID 19.

“I was lucky to be assisted by with seeds and machinery which motivated me to convert my backyard gardening into a commercial farm,” said Mrs Naisuwalu.

“We, Fijians have abundance of idle land and cultivating these land will improve our food security”, she said.

She employs five fulltime farm staff and during the harvesting period, she engages casual labours.

“My husband a retired military personnel and my daughter, who works for British Army always encourage me and believe in what I do. My other two daughters assist me in the farm and study at the same time”, said Mrs Naisuwalu.

Started with a small backyard garden, she now earns more than $1000 a month through her farm.

Her advice to those who are feeling the pinch of second phase of COVID-19 to stay positive and utilise the land available at their discretion.

Senior Agriculture officer, crop extension division based in Navua, Inosi Vulawale said they had assisted in more then one thousand request for free seeds in the past two months.

“We have seen an increase in demand for free seeds and agricultural assistance,” said Mr Vulawale.





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