17 farmers awarded for surpassing land management benchmarks
4 July, 2019, 7:14 pm
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