Youths receive $6k in equipment

Members of the Nadrugu Village Youth Club receive farming equipment from Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar. Picture: SUPPLIED

Close to 250 youths from four youth clubs in Ba received a total of $6000 in Youth Farm Initiative grants yesterday.

While officiating at the handover at the Bukuya Village Community Hall, Youth and Sports Minister Parveen Kumar said he was inspired by the enthusiasm shown by young Fijians in the midst of a global crisis.

“Even though 2021 has been a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the commitment from our youths actively involved in farming to support their family and communities,” he said.

Mr Kumar said he was encouraged that the youths were already involved in yaqona,vegetable and root crop farming.

He said this would most likely provide them with a source of income and provide enough food to feed their families and communities.

“Government has provided incentives for interested farmers and youths graduating with agriculture-based qualifications from the Fiji National University as youth and agriculture on our development agenda.

“This is critical to our food security and to our economy as we seek to reduce imports and increase exports of Fijian produce.”

The clubs that received grants were Nadruga Youth Club, Tabalei Youth Club, Bukuya Youth Club and St John the Baptist Youth Club.

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