JUST a few months from the new crushing season, the people of Bua are being urged to engage in sugarcane farming.
Tui Wainunu and secretary of the Bose Vanua ko Bua, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said it was time they ventured into sugarcane farming because it was one of the country's major sources of income.
Ratu Orisi said Bua people should not solely rely on the government for assistance but instead must take the lead role and make use of available resources.
"Life is becoming difficult day by day and poverty shouldn't be an issue, especially for us here in Vanua Levu because we have a lot of untapped resources available," Ratu Orisi said.
"This year, we are working towards engaging youths, school dropouts and men in Bua to travel to Macuata to cut sugarcane.
"It might be a challenging job but it certainly generates good income."
Ratu Orisi said the onus was on them to eradicate poverty which could only be done if they changed their mind-set towards the environment they live in.
"We should have a positive mental attitude that is adamant of achieving something worthwhile in life. Let's not rely on government all the time because it has its own commitments," he said.