September 12, 2020
Pictured: The newly commissioned Koro Agriculture Station at Nasau Government Station on Koro Lomaiviti
The newly commissioned Koro Agriculture Station which was damaged during Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016 will encourage improved productivity of farmers on the island of Koro.
These were the thoughts shared by 49-year-old Eroti Niumataiwalu of Bau, Tailevu who plants yaqona, dalo and assorted vegetables on the island of Koro in Lomaiviti following the commissioning of the Koro Agriculture Station earlier this week (Wednesday 09.09.20) by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Mr. Niumataiwalu who has been practicing mixed-cropping for more than 15 years said that he plants his selected crops both for his short and long term plans, highlighting the significant impact this infrastructural development will ensue for farmers on the island.
“We’re happy to see these developments on the island, and for me personally, I believe Government is doing a good job and the effects of these developments are trickling down to us the ordinary Fijians, especially us farmers.”
“Government is opening doors of opportunities here on Koro Island for further development, especially during these difficult times and we are thankful for Government’s investment here on the island,” said Mr. Niumataiwalu.
Similar sentiments were shared by Pita Miller of Namacu Village in Koro who is farming on their Mataqali land; “This is a big step in the right direction as far as agriculture development is concerned on the island because a majority of islanders rely heavily on farming.”
“The agriculture station was really badly damaged after Winston and the stations on the island were also heavily damaged, but today, after it was officially commissioned, this will provide the motivation for farmers to grow more and produce more,” said Pita.
Meanwhile, Tevita Vunileba of Mudu Village in Koro said despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, Government was committed to supporting the development of rural and maritime communities.
“We’re greatly indebted to Government for the major developments on the island, our new District Officer’s Office, new school, health centre, and agriculture station and staff quarters will indeed boost service delivery of civil servants and I know that we will receive improved service,” said Mr. Vunileba.