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Father Of Five Goes Back To Farming

A father of five, who once worked at a retail furniture shop in Lautoka, is turning back to the land to sustain his family. Ulaiasi Tanabure, 47, has been looking
02 Jul 2021 18:53
Father Of Five Goes Back To Farming
Ulaiasi Tanabure standing with his produce in Lautoka. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

A father of five, who once worked at a retail furniture shop in Lautoka, is turning back to the land to sustain his family.

Ulaiasi Tanabure, 47, has been looking after his children for the past few weeks after his wife became stranded in Suva when the borders had been set up.

His parents began selling fruits and vegetables by the Natabua roadside at the exact spot 20 years ago. He is following in their footsteps to put food on the table for his children.

Mr Tanabure said during these trying times he was only focused on providing a meal for his family and getting through each day.

He plants and sells pawpaw, banana, cassava and rourou.

“My parents had been selling at this same place many years ago and I am here doing the same work so that I can support my children,” he said.

“Before COVID-19, I could earn $80 or $90 a day but now I take home about $45, these are hard times.”

Some days, women from his family would assist in selling the produce while he’d go to his farm and plant more fruits and vegetables.

Mr Tanabure added he was grateful for the support he received from his family.

nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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