AMIDST recent concerns by civil organizations and the general public about the high cost of living, a group of primary school students in the Northern Division have beaten all odds and planted their own food supply.
The 110 boarders from classes one to six of Vudibasoga Primary School in Macuata have, since the beginning of the year, planted rootcrops such as dalo, cassava and vegetables.
And since the beginning of this year, school head teacher Simione Walaolo said funding for food supply had been difficult so the children opted to stand in and help ease the situation.
A visit to the school this week saw the children from as young as six years busy in their farms weeding and uprooting crops for their meal supply. Plantation of root crops were visible on the hillsides near the school, their vegetable gardens sat behind classrooms.
Mr Walolo said the students were skillful with farm work and needed little supervision. "They are matured students even at the young age of six and the teachers don't have to stand there with them in the farms to see that they finish their work," Mr Walaolo said.
"The teachers will make their rounds but we have had no problem with them because they always finish their work and farming.
Mr Walaolo said the parents have also contributed a lot towards providing meals for the students.
"The parents have provided meat and at times vegetables for their children and they come and cook the three meals themselves."