A GROUP of youths at a village in Macuata have made use of this sugarcane harvesting season to generate sources of income for their individual families.
With root crop farming as their only source of income, the youths of Bocalevu have decided to harvest cane to help them financially.
Group leader Kelera Mualasekula said most of the members were unemployed and depended entirely on their own farms for income. "Every cane harvesting season, all the youths are busy in their own fields harvesting cane as this is another way of generating income for our families," Ms Mualasekula said.
"For those who have children, they look forward to save for their children's school fees next year.
"It is this time of the year when we easily receive money because of the new harvesting season," she said.
When such seasons were over, Ms Mualasekula said the youths returned to their own root crop farms for planting.
"We sell our vegetables and crops at the Labasa Market and the money we receive is able to put food on the table and also cater for other minor expenses in the house.
"We always meet every Monday to help a youth member develop his or her farm and in the night we come together for devotion, which has been the practice in the past years."