Life has been made easier for rice farmers of Vunivau in Dama, Bua after the Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama handed over a combine rice harvester worth $60,000 to assist them in their farms.

With the harvester, farmers will now save more time and energy and also contribute more effectively to the production of rice in the Northern Division.

Prime Minister Bainimarama, while delivering his keynote address yesterday, said government is dedicated to building on the progress that everyone has achieved together – investing in our communities from the ground up.

“By giving Fijians the tools they need, they can overcome any obstacle,” he said.

“Rice is a staple found on kitchen tables throughout the country. But all too often, that rice is grown thousands of kilometres away, imported from some far-off country.

“But there’s no reason that Fiji and our ideal climate for rice cultivation can’t make that journey from the rice paddy to our tables much, much shorter.”

The new combine harvester, Prime Minister Bainimarama added will cut down on labour and cost of growing rice.

“It will also allow the farmers to grow crops with higher yields without worrying about physically toiling to reap the benefits.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama is on a three-day tour of the Northern Division to commission some government projects and also visit key development areas.

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