Fiji Time: 10:53 PM on Wednesday 29 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Machines to revive interest

Luke Rawalai
Monday, April 21, 2014

THE introduction of new rice harvesting machines to Bua and Macuata is expected to attract more interest from farmers and help revitalise the ailing industry.

Principal agricultural officer North John Cox said these machines would save manpower hours and other costs associated with harvesting rice.

Mr Cox said the new machines were a two-in-one combined harvester and rice reaper.

He said Fiji currently produced approximately 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes of rice annually which was not enough.

Wainikoro rice farmer Basdeo Kumaran said the machines were good news for people like him.

"The machines mean we can now save costs on manpower as there will be no more excessive manpower needed since the machine is a multipurpose one," he said.

"People are also getting tired of rice harvesting and most of them have opted to look for other occupations.

"We cannot blame our labourers because rice cultivation and harvesting is a laborious task."

Mr Kumaran said the introduction of machines would renew interest among farmers.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63220.6132
JPY 50.597447.5974
GBP 0.36260.3546
EUR 0.43850.4265
NZD 0.69540.6624
AUD 0.66050.6355
USD 0.48740.4704

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th June 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Home on a mission
  2. Monster fish halts traffic
  3. Nowhere to turn to
  4. Big dough for Radradra
  5. Parliament instability
  6. Kane feels at home after Fijian reception
  7. Rabuka has first meeting with executives
  8. Crusaders arrive for Super Rugby match
  9. 'Fiji's vaccine coverage higher than most countries'
  10. Fight against cyber crime

Top Stories this Week

  1. Hayne works on 'God's call' Friday (24 Jun)
  2. Early morning catch wows crowd at Labasa fish market Tuesday (28 Jun)
  3. Police confirm discovery at Natadola beach Friday (24 Jun)
  4. Resignation threat Saturday (25 Jun)
  5. Rabuka in Saturday (25 Jun)
  6. Body parts Tuesday (28 Jun)
  7. INTERPOL assists with Natadola gruesome discovery, missing couple Monday (27 Jun)
  8. 2016-2017 Budget: The major drivers of economic growth Thursday (23 Jun)
  9. Home on a mission Wednesday (29 Jun)
  10. Police probe body parts find Saturday (25 Jun)