People who have lost their jobs and want to get into rural farming can apply for a package worth $ 400
The Ministry of Agriculture has launched the Back To Rural Agriculture program to support Fijians who have lost their jobs due to the current pandemic and who wish to return to rural areas to focus on agriculture.
The $ 400 package includes $ 250 of farm tools, $ 100 of planting material, and $ 50 in cash.
Agricultural tools include a farm knife, fork, shovel, 20 liter bucket of water, water can, ax, 50 meter rope, set of tarpaulin and 1 set of canvas. shady.
The tool kit will be delivered to the recipient where they will start cultivating.
Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said this program only applies to those in the central division, especially in the Suva, Lami and Nausori regions where many people have lost their jobs.
He says people in the West Division, especially Nadi, who want to go back inland and farm can also enroll in this program.
Reddy thanked his development partner for providing funding of $ 100,000.
Permanent Secretary of Agriculture Ritesh Dass says individuals must prove that they have no other alternative source of income for the family.
He says individuals must provide proof of job loss due to COVID-19 in the form of a letter from the employer and proof of 5 acres of land with supporting documents.
He says the applicant must be an aspiring farmer intending to engage in full-time farming activity.
He says a letter of support from the head of the farm community located in the rural area can also be provided.
He added that the farmers who will be enrolled in the program will be registered in their database and each of them will receive continued support in terms of technical assistance, education and guidance to help them develop and develop. to make agriculture a long-term profession.
People can access the application forms at the nearest agricultural station and online from tomorrow.