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Boost for ginger and rice farmers

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, January 26, 2013

ABOUT 100 farmers of Naisaumua Village in Tailevu were assisted by the government under the Rural Outer Island agriculture development program (ROI).

The government allocated $45,000 to Naisaumua farmers to help them start their ginger farms.

Naisaumua ginger farm development chairman Sitiveni Loco said ginger was an easy-to-plant seasonal crop in high demand.

Mr Loco said they tried out ginger farming for the first time on a small scale last year and earned about $1000 from just six bags.

"That is a lot of money for us, particularly since we earn less from rootcrop farming," he said.

"Root crop farming requires a lot of work but ginger does not require so much and does not take too much of our time.

"This year more than 100 farmers are being assisted by the government with land preparation material and agriculture input such as fertiliser.

"This year we have more than 50 farms around the village which will earn a lot of income for the people of Naisaumua."

Mr Loco said they were planning to farm ginger on a commercial basis.

"Even the primary school has its own ginger farm which helps them finance some school projects," he said, adding that women and youths were also taking up ginger farming.

Meanwhile, agricultural projects in the Central Division were visited by the Commissioner Central, Lieutenant Colonel aisenia Tuitubou. The visit is to monitor the progress and status of the farms.





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