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Farmers learn money usage

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, May 17, 2014

ABOUT 40 farmers on Taveuni will now have adequate knowledge in financially managing their farms to maximise income-generation.

Organised by the Garden Island Vegetable Root Crop Association, the week-long workshop was funded by the Northern Development Program and the Department of Agriculture.

Association representative Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua said the workshop was a platform where farmers could be taught financial management.

He said most farmers were planting and producing the right volume of products from their farms but did not know how to manage them in order to get the intended value out of these products.

"It is a well known fact that Taveuni produces 80 per cent of the dalo export in the country," he said.

"However, if we really look inside the operations of dalo trade, we will see that middlemen benefit more compared to farmers who do 99 per cent of the work.

"If we consider the reasons for this incident, we will find that most of our farmers want easy money and they would run to a middlemen rather than wait for proper markets."

Ratu Jekesoni said the workshop would also prepare farmers to prepare for the anticipated demand associated with upcoming construction projects.

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