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Project benefits farmers

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MORE farmers in the Central Division are benefiting from government's Rural Outer Island Agriculture Development program (ROI project), which assists farmers in land preparation, agriculture inputs and seeds supply.

Commissioner Central, Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said farmers were producing more in the past two years because of the assistance.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said more were being assisted under the program and had shown great potential commercialising their farms in the future.

"An example of such assistance under the ROI project is the Keniana vegetable farm at Toga which government has assisted by providing vegetable seeds supply, agriculture inputs supply and land preparations," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.

"The whole project cost about $7710 and the farmers have been doing well in harvesting their crops on time."

"Most of the farmers in the province of Rewa had been affected by the recent flood in the Rewa delta, so they had to rely on the ROI project in order to continue with farming."

He said there were other projects in the province of Rewa such as the Vunisau breeder project that cost about $9018.

"For this project, we had to provide building materials and a biogas digester," he said.

"We hope farmers will make use of the assistance provided to them and earn a lot of revenue."

He said government was willing to assist those who wished to extend their farms.

But farmers needed to work twice as hard to be recognised by exporters and those willing to buy produce from them, he added.





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