20 farmers benefit from the rice harvester

About 20 farmers who are members of the Naleba cooperative in Labasa will benefit from the new portable rice mill they received on Wednesday.


Agriculture Minister Mahendra Reddy (middle) with members of Naleba Cooperatives after handing over a portable rice mill in Naleba, Labasa on August 24, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

About 20 farmers who are members of the Naleba cooperative in Labasa will benefit from the new portable rice mill they received on Wednesday.

Agriculture Minister Mahendra Reddy said this year’s rice production was ten times that of previous years.

“There has been massive rice production in Tabia, Laqere, Seaqaqa, Wainikoro and Labasa,” Mr Reddy said.

He thanked the farmers for their contribution and that is why the ministry offered to help them.

During his two-day visit to the North, he also handed over portable rice mills to Nasese Cluster Group, Qeledamu Cooperative, Natabe Cluster Group, Navita Cluster Group and Naseelevu Waitaba Cluster Group.

Naleba Cooperative Chairman Amrit Lal said amid the rising cost of machinery, fuel and food, the aid would ease the burden on farmers.

He said some farmers who wanted to give up rice farming were motivated to invest more after the transfer.

“We are grateful to the government for providing this kind of assistance to rice farmers, especially in remote areas,” Lal said.

“We live about 23 kilometers from Labasa town and many people depend solely on rice cultivation for their income and daily consumption.”

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