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100K program to boost farmers

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 23, 2013

ABOUT $100,000 has been allocated for the Naitasiri province rural outer island agriculture (ROI) development programs for this year.

Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said the ROI projects for Naitasiri mainly focused on ginger farming as many farmers in the Central Division were interested in ginger farming.

He said about $49,000 was allocated for the Gusuisavu ginger project in Gusuisavu Village for this year.

"Issues that were raised regarding the Gusuisavu projects were land preparation work being late, hence farmers already planting their ginger before the machine had arrived for land preparation," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.

"So the action taken was for farmers to plant dalo on the site while waiting for the ginger planting season next year.

"On agriculture inputs, farmers are to use $2000 for the purchases of agriculture inputs and it would be refunded to them.

"The agriculture department are to supplement the farmers with dalo suckers under their programs."

Lt-Col Tuitubou said there was also the Navitilevu ginger project which was allocated $20,686 and issues raised to the provincial administrator's office was that farmers needed training to upgrade their capacity and that their land preparation work was behind schedule.





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