A YOUTH group in Macuata have embarked on a farming project to generate income for their individual families.
Members of the Nacoqe Youth Club from Navakasobu Village in Seaqaqa are passionate about using their farming skills on available land to eradicate poverty and unemployment in their village.
Club adviser Peni Rakanace said the members had planted root crops, vegetables and yaqona on their piece of land.
"We started on a low profile in 2010 and now our farm produce is being sold to interested buyers, passengers and motorists who pass along the Tabia and Seaqaqa highway and also to the Labasa market," he said.
"The money we receive from our sales is directed to the members and they are able to send their children to school and also put food on the table. At the moment, we are still liaising with interested buyers to secure a fixed market for our farm produce."
Mr Rakanace said the government had supplied them with fertilisers and farming equipment to help them with their work this year.
"Last year, a member won the Banana Farmer of the Year award during the Macuata Day crop competition and another member won the Young Farmer of the Year award this year."