THE Ba Province failed to reach its target of $500,000 during the week-long 2012 Digicel Adi Salusalu Festival in Lautoka.
After an entertaining end to the festival over the weekend, the Ba province, helped by various government departments, business houses and Lau, Macuata, Lomaiviti, Cakaudrove and Kadavu provinces, managed to raise $206,920.35.
This year's provincial soli, however, surpassed last year's amount of $105,000.
The most raised by a district was $16,387 by Waya, while corporate bodies and government departments gave $21,273.65 to the province. The funds raised will go towards the funding of scholarships for Ba province tertiary and secondary school students.
Despite falling short of the intended target, the 50th year of the annual soli has been hailed a success by a prominent chief.
While addressing the crowd on Saturday night, Tui Tavua Ratu Jale Kuwe Ratu said the festival was one that was bigger and better compared to other past gatherings.
"We can all agree that this is the first Adi Salusalu that is very successful and we can be rest assured that next year's event will be even more successful," said Ratu Jale.
He said the festival was only successful because the people of the Ba province had adhered to the call of their chiefs.