Church President urges youth to cultivate land and earn income

Young people from Nakaugasele village in Nakasaleka district, Kadavu have ventured into a new income-generating project.


Chairman of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Ili Vunisuwai (seated – fourth from left) with Nakaugasele villagers at Nakoronawa village in Nakasaleka, Kadavu. Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku.

Young people from Nakaugasele village in Nakasaleka district, Kadavu have ventured into a new income-generating project.

The project was presented by the President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Ili Vunisuwai.

Rev. Vunisuwai said it was time for villagers to work together to eradicate poverty in their villages.

Reverend Vunisuwai said poverty alleviation was one of his main goals when he took up his new post.

He added that villagers should see farming as paid work.

“We should try to find a goal that will free your family, your village and your church from poverty,” Rev. Vunisuwai said.

“You should have a plan for your village. Many of our members face poverty and the villages should not face it because they have the land they can use. »

Youth leader Watisoni Baro said they were lucky to be the first village in Kadavu to pilot the project.

“We have started this year and we are fortunate that the President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Ili Vunisuwai, has blessed this trip,” Baro said.

“The project is for three years. Each youngster will plant 500 yaqona seedlings, which means that in three years, 100 yaqona seedlings can earn $50,000.

“The special project will meet some of the expectations of these young people, such as building a house or buying a fiberglass boat.

“We are blessed to be part of this program. It’s a good project and I hope that other villages will be part of it. This project aims to fight against poverty in the villages.

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