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Crop to fetch $16,000 for youth group

Luke Rawalai
Friday, February 28, 2014

THE Lion of Judah Jezreel Youth group in Welagi Village, Taveuni, is expected to harvest $16,000 worth of dalo this year.

Jezreel youth leader Iowani Cokanauto said they had planted 80,000 dalo plants on a 80-hectare land.

Mr Cokanauto said they also planned on doing extensive agricultural farming on their 1530 acres of land.

"Our youths are from the 14 provinces around Fiji and they are being taught to be financially independent," he said.

"Currently, we have 70 youths with us who are part of the farming scheme and they have their own farms where they have planted their own crops to cater for their daily needs.

"We are also working closely with the Agriculture Department on the island to seek their advice."

Principal Agricultural Officer Northern John Cox said his team on the island had been working closely with the youths providing advice and technical assistance.

Mr Cox said they were also looking for government grants to assist in their scheme.