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New Tractor To Boost Rice Production

Members of the Nabonu Land Purchase Co-operative in Bua were all smiles after the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) assisted them with a brand-new tractor. According to
29 Jul 2021 11:00
New Tractor To Boost Rice Production
Global Machinery Pte Limited managing director Hazeem Hussein (third from right) hands over the key to Nabonu Land Purchase Co-operative president Jag Narayan on July 23, 2021. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Members of the Nabonu Land Purchase Co-operative in Bua were all smiles after the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) assisted them with a brand-new tractor.

According to members who are rice farmers, decades of struggling to cultivate their land will now be a thing of the past.

Co-operative president Jag Narayan received the keys to the tractor and implements from the Global Machinery Pte Limited managing director, Hazeem Hussein in Labasa.

The handing over was facilitated by the ministry under the Integrated Human Resource Development Programme (IHRDP).

“We desperately needed a new tractor to carry out our work effectively,” Mr Nayaran said.

“It was not until the ministry gave us new hope that we only had to pay one third of the total cost of this assistance which was $13,255,” he said.

“Even during this coronavirus pandemic, we are doing rice farming because for us it is the only source of income.”

“Being equipped with resources not only eases our burden but encourages us to work more for the future of our families and nation as a whole in terms of rice production.””

Mr Hussein said the brand new Farmtrac 50HP 4WD tractor equipped with a Shaktiman rotorvator, disc plough, harrow and other implements was brought from India.

 

Meanwhile, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya: “We need to consolidate efforts to channel resources in a more impactful way.”

“We need to foster a more meaningful partnership with those who our policies are targeted at.”

He said the tractor would help improve farm production by way of mechanisation, minimising the arduous task of land preparation, increasing efficiency and land coverage for cultivation.

The project is valued at a total cost of $53,020.

 

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feeback: shratika.naidu@fijisun.com.fj



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