Cassava business

Timoci Nailitiwai. Picture: ATASA MOCEITUBA

EVERY week for three days, Timoci Nailitiwai leaves his home for Suva City.

With four bags of cassava per day, he could make 15 heaps, one heap sells at $5 and in three days rakes in about $300.

Mr Nailitiwai is originally from Soa in Nakorotubu, Ra.

He has four children and said their only source of income is farming.

“I have planted almost 3000 cassava plants,” said Mr Nailitiwai.

“Most of which have matured and are normally brought to Vatuwaqa and Nabua to be sold. These are two spots I’ve earned good money from selling my cassava heaps.”

He said though there were challenges in his life, he believed God to be the answer to everything.

“There is nothing too difficult for Him to handle.

The only problem is us people — we become so difficult in life, we don’t usually rely on him like we should and that’s our only problem,” he said

Mr Nailitiwai adds he enjoys travelling to Suva because it also gives him the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.

He plants dalo as well as yaqona just so he could look after the wellbeing of his family and children.

“The amount of money I earn depends on the number of cassava bags I bring to sell in a week,” he said.

“It’s good money compared to the previous places I had worked in.

The money earned is used for bus fares, transportation of my bags of cassava, groceries for the family, manure for my farm and many more.”

His only advise to people who don’t have a job is to go back to the village and utilise the land for farming.

Website reports cassava is a root vegetable widely consumed in developing countries.

“It provides some important nutrients and resistant starch, which may have health benefits,” reports

“Boiled cassava root also contains small amounts of iron, vitamin C and niacin (2). Overall, the nutrition profile of cassava is unremarkable. While it does provide some vitamins and minerals, the amounts are minimal.

There are many other root vegetables you can eat that will provide significantly more nutrients — beets and sweet potatoes, to name two.”

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