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Revival update

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, January 19, 2013

RICE farmers in Namosi and Serua are trying their best to revive the rice industry in the two provinces this year.

Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said his office was delighted by the progress by rice farmers in the two provinces.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said farmers were losing interest in rice farming because most of them did not have proper equipment's for cultivation and harvest.

He said most of the rice farmers in Navua had proper irrigation system but lacked harvesting equipment needed in order to harvest rice on time.

"Manual harvesting has been practised for some time and is always convenient but it requires a lot of work and could take time if there are only a few people harvesting rice," he said.

"Farmers here need equipment in order to increase rice farming in the district but some have even continued with manual harvesting because they hope to revive the industry.

"Their commitment has been noticed and the senior agriculture officer for the district has been doing a great job in helping the farmers in his district address the issue."

Lt-Col Tuitubou said his office hoped to set training programs for the district where farmers could learn rice farming skills rather than just rely on skills which were passed down to them from generation.

"Reviving the rice industry in Navua could be the next great step as most of the areas in Navua already have proper irrigation system," he said.

The commissioner central visited some of the rice farms in Navua during his inspection of all income-generating project last week.


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