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Farmer to expand business

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, October 28, 2017

MOHAMMED Khali, 60, was a happy man yesterday after receiving his small and micro business grant of $1000.

The Navudi farmer of Seaqaqa said the money would help him extend his vegetable farming business.

Mr Khali said the assistance was a major boost for his small business.

"I plan to extend my farm and now begin supplying to stores and resorts in Labasa.

"Out of the 1281 recipients, I think I am the happiest because I get an opportunity to better my life and that of my family," Mr Khali said.

Officiating at the disbursement of cheques yesterday, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said in terms of business activities it was evident that agriculture and livestock farming represented the largest number of business activity that the recipients in Seaqaqa were involved in.

Mr Koya said the grant was initiated in 2014 and with the vision to give to the smallest of businesses a boost to get the path to sustained income and livelihood.

"Just yesterday I was in Labasa where I met 888 entrepreneurs, and this was after meeting 1813 micro and small entrepreneurs in Taveuni and Savusavu earlier this week," he said.

"This week alone 4882 individuals in the Northern Division will have benefited from the scheme.

"MSMEs are the backbone of growing economies in Fiji and contribute to the country's social and economic development."

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