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Fiji Women Thriving in Poultry Venture

by 5m Editor
30 March 2012, at 6:12am

FIJI - Eight women at a settlement in the outskirts of Labasa Town have established a poultry farm which they hoped would be a source of income for their individual families.

According to The Fiji Times Online, members of the Naleba Multi-Racial Women's club started their farm in 2010 with the help of the Integrated Human Resources Development Program (IHRDP) under the Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics.

Club president Adi Maketalena said the IHRDP gave materials for a shed along with 230 chicken to start up their farm.

"We encountered a lot of problems when we first started our farm because most of us lacked the knowledge of maintaining a poultry business," Ms Maketalena said. "With the help of the Department of Agriculture, we attended an awareness program last year where we were taught how to operate such businesses," she said.

Ms Maketalena said their earning capacity rapidly increased after they were informed by the department on how to manage their business wisely.

"Now, we have a total of $1400 in our club bank and every month I deposit $5 to the member's individual accounts. We are able to put food on our tables and also send our children to school from the money we receive," she said.

IHRDP divisional manager northern Mohammed Aslam Khan said about $15,000 was given as grant to help the women start up their business.