Alofa sees value of farming and land

By Aruna Lolani ,

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DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE: Alofa Aisila from Fasito’o uta.

DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE: Alofa Aisila from Fasito’o uta. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

When you find love in what you do, it will be hard to let it go.

Alofa Aisila of Fasito’o uta knows this.

The 23-year-old is a farmer and he said he wouldn’t change what he has now for anything else.

He has two other siblings; one who works and provide for his family financially and the other one who has a family of his own now.

Maturing into a hard working man, he’s starting to see the significance of our lands.

“This is important to me and this is important to my family; because they can eat from it,” said Alofa.

“I think everybody nowadays sees plantations as a great investment for their futures; if you can make a living out of it now then think of how much you will get from it in the future?” 

“But mostly for me it’s an excellent way to get food, I mean where else can you get free food?”

Alofa said most of the time he accompanies his father when he goes to do his carpentry work; but he would always end up; back in the plantation.

“I don’t know if this is where I’ll always be and what I want to do in my life but I know that this is what I can do now.”

“And it gives me a great sense of satisfaction because I know that whatever I get from here, can put food on the table for my family and it’s simple.”

“Working the plantation can make you learn so many things and it is here that I know what it means about hard work.” 

“I encourage the youth to go back to this if they have no jobs or nothing better to do. You know, instead of getting drunk and causing fights all over the place, work the lands that you have, to make use of your time.”

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