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Farmer learns more

Shayal Devi
Monday, July 17, 2017

ERONI Dakainivanua learnt everything there was to know about farming from his father by helping him on their family farm in Cakaudrove.

So when the opportunity to upgrade his skills came up, he was quick to capitalise on the chance.

Dakainivanua was one of 10 students who graduated from the Nasau Youth Training Centre in Sigatoka this month after completing a six-month agriculture course.

"I used to work on the farm with my father and we planted 700 dalo plants before I came to Nasau," he says. "We also have a cattle farm and do a bit of yaqona farming.

"I was farming there when my sister called. She is a nurse here in Sigatoka and told me Nasau was a place for agriculture students so I was here for six months."

Dakainivanua said his agriculture background helped him a lot at Nasau.

"Especially challenging was organic farming because it is hard to plant cabbage. Also, back in the village I just planted root crops.

"I came here and I got a chance to learn about vegetables too. Apart from this I also learnt compost making.

"I also found the knowledge and skills I learnt very useful and I had a small vegetable farm at the training centre and this was to practise my skills."

Dakainivanua plans on sharing his newfound knowledge with his cousins and other villagers when he returns to Cakaudrove.

"I want to pass on that knowledge to the other people in the village and maybe in two years I will continue my studies in Koronivia."

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