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Fiji : Northern farmers encourages to take up rice farming.

Farmers in the Northern Division have been encouraged to start rice farming to supplement income.

Government s Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said his office has encouraged farmers to start rice farming. He has also urged rice farmers in the North to plant more rice to meet current demand.

We are working together with Rewa Rice and the farmers for the revitalisation of the rice industry.

Mr Bolalevu said the training conducted by the Integrated Human Resource Development Program (IHRDP), the Northern Development Program (NDP) and the Agriculture Ministry has been a boost for farmers.

IHRDP Manager Aslma Khan said farmers from Nabua in Cakaudrove are already taking part in a rice-planting program.

15 tonnes of rice has been harvested so far with the value of $11,250.00.

Mr Khan said seven tonnes of rice has already been sold to Rewa Rice Company in Dreketi with a value of $5,250.00.

The remaining 8 tonnes has been retained by the villagers for their own consumption.

He said that 56 farmers are benefiting from the rice-planting project.

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