Farmers reap the rewards of their hard work

Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu with youth farmers of Sawaieke. Picture: SUPPLIED

JOINT collaboration between the government, the church and the vanua of a village on Gau started four years ago and today the people are reaping its rewards with new homes being built for the families.

More than 40 farmers of Sawaieke on Gau are part of the rural millionaire projects and more than four homes have been built by the youths through this rural millionaire program and each individual.

A government statement stated that Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu visited kava farms in the village and witnessed the success of the rural millionaire project which was initiated by the Government through the Minister of Agriculture and the Commissioner Eastern’s office.

Mr Moroivalu thanked the villagers for their commitment to the project and said: “I am very thankful to the support given by the elders and the church especially the spiritual advocacy by the Talatala Qase of Lomaiviti e Cake Reverend Tevita Vuniwaqa.”

Meanwhile the turaga ni koro of Sawaieke, Akariva Nabati said the church and the vanua had been the guiding light to the youths enabling them to lead disciplined life and using their time well.

“I am thankful to Government and the vanua working together with the church in driving these youths to achieve their dreams through the rural millionaire farming program,” Mr Akariva said.

According to the statement more than 40 farmers of Sawaieke are part of this farming project of which each farmer planted more than 1000 kava plants in order to achieve their individual aims like building their homes and upgrading their standard of living.

The kava or yaqona farms owned by the youths of Sawaieke are worth millions of dollars and is in line with the government policy of making good use of their resources and eradicating poverty.