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Return To The Village, Farm : Kava Farmer Calls On Unemployed Youths

“I am thankful that I received this certificate for planting yaqona in Navosa. There are many other farmers but I consider my- self blessed to have been chosen to take this certificate,” he said.
26 Sep 2022 10:41
Return To The Village, Farm : Kava Farmer Calls On Unemployed Youths
Sakiasi Dakua with his certificate at the Mini Agriculture Show and Agriculture Farm Machineries Exhibition at the Sigatoka Research Station at Nacocolevu,Sigatoka on September 22, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Matokana, Navosa yaqona farmer Sakiasi Dakua says unemployed youths will thrive successfully if they choose to return to their villages and discover the economic benefits of farming.

The 42-year-old father of five was one of the many farmers offered certificates of appreciation at the mini agriculture show and agriculture farm machinery exhibition at Nacocolevu, Sigatoka last Thursday.

“I am thankful that I received this certificate for planting yaqona in Navosa. There are many other farmers but I consider myself blessed to have been chosen to take this certificate,” he said.

 

He said he has been running a kava business for 12 years at the Sigatoka market.

He said at the moment he harvests 100 kilograms of raw yaqona, and that is purchased by a buyer from Nadi.

He said he faced his fair share of hard- ships while establishing his business.

 

“I faced hardships due to the road to the farm because it would take about an hour to bring the yaqona from there and another difficulty was COVID, prices dropped, there was no selling, everything was closed and the yaqona market was struggling, so most people just planted in the villages,” he said.

He said hard work and sacrifice eventually paid off for him and he soon enjoyed the hard-earned fruits of his labour.

He said he has mapped out his future business plans in terms of expansion.

 

“This year we managed to buy a lorry, I’m thinking now of how to expand my business, then rebuild my home and maybe set up a store in the village, that’s my plan,” he said.

“For young men out there, especially school dropouts, I want to advise you that financial wealth is in the village and in our land, if you can’t finish your education don’t waste your time roaming around town or elsewhere, come back to the village because that’s where you will thrive.”

 

Story By: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj



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