17 farmers awarded for surpassing land management benchmarks

Vereniki Sauturaga won the Banana Farmer of Year during the 2019 Agriculture Show at Valelevu Grounds yesterday. Congratulating him is Assistinat Minister for Agriculure Jale Sigarara Picture: JONA KONATACI

SEVENTEEN awards were given to farmers who have surpassed certain land management benchmarks set by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Assistant Minister Jale Sigarara said those awards were an acknowledgement for their hard work and sacrifices.

The 17 awards that will be presented represent crop and livestock commodities that have contributed to Fiji’s export market and food security.

“They have showcased the importance of sustainable land management to boost productivity and utilising recycled materials to provide nutritious food to their families,” Mr Sigarara said.

Best Broiler Farmer award was given to 38-year-old Netani Kuila who has been a broiler farmer for the past five years.

He has six sheds and with a total capacity of 56,000 birds a patch with seven batches a year, he manages to provide 392,000 birds a year to Goodman Fielder.

Fact file: Award winners

Best Cocoa Farmer: Ioane Kaloulia

Best Vanilla  Farmer : Joeli Suraki

Best Duck Farmer:  Rahul Harak

Best Broiler  Farmer: Netani Kuila

Best  Layer Farmer: Lagesh Prasad

Best Backyard  Farmer: Aca Mataitini

Best  Bilateral Quarantine Arrangement Farmer: Mobin Khan

Best  Kumala Farmer: Rajesh Prasad

Best  Yam Farmer: Joni Madrai

Best Banana Farmer: Vereniki Sauturaga

Best Pineapple  Farmer: Shifran Ali

Best Virgin Coconut Oil Farmer: Terikano Beriki

Best Floriculture Farmer: Moreen Yunus

Best Duruka  Farmer: Konalevulevu Tobesoisoi

Best Coconut Farmer: Birja Nand

Best Fruit  Farmer: Faizal Mahmood

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