A MEASURE of optimism has returned to flood-ravaged Ba with the opening of a poultry business yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Joketani Cokanasiga, who was chief guest, commended Ba couple Rai Prakash and his wife for achieving a milestone in business amid the devastation.
He said the opening of Awesome Chicks Supplies Hatchery was a gesture of encouragement to the people, especially farmers.
"We have just witnessed the devastating effect of the floods here in the west and I must commend Mr and Mrs Prakash for their accomplishment," he said.
"The project is a testimony of government's commitment to encourage the concept of public and private partnership in economic development."
Mr Prakash thanked the government for assisting him.
"Government gave $25,000 adding up to the $30,000 contribution I made to get the business running," he said.
"I have sold more than 24,000 chicks to local farmers since the commencement of the business in 2010.
"And I am planning to sell more this year."