PERHAPS most indicative of the resilience of Western Division farmers is the story of 58-year-old Daya Wati of Korovuto in Ba.
Despite the fact that her husband has been hospitalised with serious illness, Mrs Wati has single-handedly kept the farm going.
Mrs Wati tends to their one and a half acre piece of land on which is planted eggplants, okra, corn, coriander and tomatoes.
Since her husband's hospitalisation, Mrs Wati has faced numerous challenges and difficulties but she is determined to go on despite the absence of the family patriarch.
"It is our only source of income, so I have to look after the farm and my husband calls me every day to check up on me and to tell me what needs to be done," she said.
Married for 35 years, the couple set up their farm immediately after their wedding.
They have three children who owe their education to hard work.
"We survived by selling vegetables at the Ba Market and with the money we made, we were able to put our children through school," Mrs Wati said.
Although her children have gone on to make a life for themselves and occasionally send money home, Mrs Wati doesn't want to give up farming just yet.
"While I still have good health and I am able to keep going out to cultivate the land, I will keep doing it."