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Youth groups in farming scheme

Luke Rawalai
Monday, December 30, 2013

FORTY rural youth groups on Vanua Levu will be part of a farming scheme project headed by Vodafone Foundation Fiji World of Difference program.

World of Difference candidate Eminoni Limalevu introduced a five-year plan for youths in the North.

"I had started piloting the project with the youths in my own village of Vunimoli and their farming schemes has so far been successful," he said.

"Other districts within the province have come to know about these farming schemes and they have shown their interest for the program to be implemented within their youth groups.

"The plan includes a short, mid and long-term goal which has to be achieved by each youth from the profits he derives from his farm."

Mr Limalevu said the project was for seven years when youths were expected to reap the benefits.

"The project is planned for 14 villages within the Labasa district including 26 settlements on Vanua Levu," he said.

"Its aim is to reduce poverty and social issues in rural iTaukei villages through planned agriculture over a seven-year period in an effort to foster productive youths.

"We will also be closely working with youths on challenges faced through their traditional farming practices in rural villages like extensive planting, improper management, unplanned harvesting, time management problems, weeding and the lack of commitment due to improper planning."