TOBACCO farming is proving to be a big hit with Navosa farmers.
The popularity of tobacco farming is boosted by the fact that the crop requires very little maintenance.
And unlike farm produce like dalo, cassava and vegetables, the farmers do not have to look for markets.
Nasivikoso villager Naibuka Vaude said people in the highlands were benefiting from tobacco farming because it took only three months to mature and had the potential to earn more than $5000 per acre grown.
"The good thing about tobacco farming is that the farmers are selling their harvest at their doorsteps," said Mr Vaude.
"Middlemen always visit the village every week but buyers purchase tobacco from our farms and this saves farmers money.
"Tobacco is easy to manage unlike other root crops and vegetables. It's also encouraging to see young farmers cultivating tobacco."
Nawairabe villager Ratu Sakiusa Dreunimolea said tobacco was a good income-generating source if properly looked after.
Ratu Sakiusa, however, said the challenging issue for the farmers was the unavailability of farming mechanical systems.
"In this modern era, farmers need machines to improve yields," he said.
"Ploughing by hand is difficult therefore we need tractors."
Ratu Sakiusa said his tobacco farm had enabled him to purchase building materials for his new home.
He said he earned more than $10,000 last year and he aimed to earn the same amount this year.