$2.5k grant benefits cattle farming project

A GRANT of $2500 handed out last year to a youth group has resulted in a successful cattle farming project.

Members of the Senikakala Youth Club from Naseva Settlement in the tikina of Sasa, Macuata have also ventured into crop farming.

The fund, given by the ATH Vodafone Fiji Foundation has also catered for other farming costs.

Club president Nacanieli Ledua said the 12 members have benefitted from the small income generating project.

“We have almost a herd of cattle now and our members are also doing their youth club farming, planting cassava, pineapple and building a meat bird shed,”he said.

“The grant has given the youths a boost to do more. We are passionate about this project as we see it’s growing.

“We are a small community and are scattered around farming areas and we are now utilising the resources around here to generate revenue.”

Mr Ledua said the club also planned to fence the farming area to include sheep and goat farming.

Ministry of Youth and Sports co-ordinator North John Koloba said the initiative was encouraging.

“It’s really encouraging to see relevant stakeholders working collaboratively towards socioeconomic development of our youth sector.

“This is all done in the name of youth development.”

Mr Koloba visited the group with a team from the ATH Vodafone Fiji Foundation to monitor the usage of funds.