IN the hope of eradicating poverty in their village, a group of youths from Bua have embarked on a major farming project.
The Nasarawaqa Co-operative group believes in self-help and has started farming 900 acres of land at Naselesele settlement.
The group, who are members of mataqali Carekinayagi of Nasarawaqa Village, leases its own land to also benefit other members of the clan.
Group operations manager Veresa Ceguadrau said the past year had been a success.
"We started with rice, water melons, chillies and copra farming and earned good money over the year," he said.
"The money earned has enabled our 20 members to support their families. We also have assisted the families by buying school stationery for the children."
Mr Ceguadrau said parents give them a list of the number of children and stationery needed to the group members who then buy the school items from Labasa.
He said the members have also been given a chance to earn their own money for their families.
"We work in pairs on an acre of land and plant water melon.
"The co-op provides the seedlings and planting material and the boys plant and look after the water melons and harvest them as well.
"The market is provided - there's no problem because the buyers come to the farm to buy from them and pay them as well.
"So the money collected from the one acre of water melon for the pair is shared between the co-op and the boys. The co-op gets half and the boys share the remaining half with some taking home about $2000 in three months."