‘Millions’ from your yard

WHAT began as a one-man job has now turned into a family business for the Singh’s family of Nasekula St in Labasa Town.

Mamta Sigh, 43, who has won the Prime Minister’s backyard farmer of the year award during the Crest Agriculture Show farmer awards in 2012, describes their business as a family affair.

“We all contribute as families and I must acknowledge my husband’s family who began this tradition and love of farming,” she said.

Mrs Singh said her love for gardening goes back to when she was really young.

“I have always loved gardening and being married to a family that has a gardening background is the icing on the cake for me.

“My husband and I helped each other a lot from ploughing the land, planting and then marketing of vegetables,” she said

The Singh’s family supplies lettuce, spring onion and cabbage to supermarkets and hotels in Labasa and Savusavu.

“We only have a small space in front of our house where we plant lettuce, cabbage and spring onion which are later sold to our main markets,” she said.

“My husband is sickly and stays at home and this little garden of ours is doing us really well in terms of earning an income.”

Mrs Singh said the money earned from their sale of vegetables had helped put food on their table and pay for other costs around the house.

“We earn thousands every year, if the weather is favourable.

“This is good money and we have been in this business for more than 20 years now and we supply to Supermarkets like New World, Shop N Save, RB Patel in Labasa and Savusavu supermarkets and hotels as well,” she said

Mrs Singh said they had a middleman in Savusavu who bought from them.

“I have two children who are studying at tertiary and high school,” she said.

“We rely on each other for help and as a family we have always pushed each other forward so we can all come out successful in whatever areas of work we do.”

Mrs Singh said her love for planting had been passed to her two children.

“My children also love gardening and during their holidays or school break, they are out planting with me,” she said.

“I must say this small front yard garden that we have here definitely pays for the bills and my advice for everyone to make use of the very little space they have at home.

“You can make millions if you look positively in to it.”

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