Organic farming project launched
The community of Etemuli in Lotofaga launched an organic farming project on Saturday to promote pesticide-free farming across the nation.
According to the Chairman of the project, Masi Levi Hunt, the launch included the distribution of 52 wheelbarrows to assist the farmers.
“We have concluded the first phase of our project which was the launch of 50 rubbish stands for rubbish management focused on people understanding different types of rubbish and how to dispose of them,” he said.
The project was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.), valued $80,000 and scheduled for two years.
“The second phase of the project is on organic farming with goal to grow crops without the use of chemicals like fertilisers.
“Our people have started to understand the harmful effects of chemicals through fertilisers, so we are using chicken and sheep manure as fertilisers to grow Chinese cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, green pepper.
“The goal of growing organic vegetables is to encourage our person to eat healthy instead of processed foods which has so many harmful impacts on our people’s health.”
He added that the project concludes this December but their community wishes to continue the project so that it will benefit future generations.
“We had technical assistance from representatives of the Women in Business Development in the field of organic farming," he said.
“In life there will always be challenges and obstacles for instance everyone is entitled to a different opinion but the key is to working together.
“The goal is to try our best to have everyone involved so we can create a positive change in the lives of our people.
“We acknowledge the support of everyone including: Lesa Faapito, members of our community and especially our donor U.N.D.P.”