A day for farmers

Dhirendra Prasad, Lautoka | Wednesday, September 13, 2017
IT is time now that we in Fiji should have a holiday set aside for our farmers.

This would be an opportune time to thank them for their selfless service to the country.

They toil the land to provide us with our necessities.

Of course their products cannot be manufactured in factories.

Whatever farmers produce has never been rejected by health monitors signifying that their products are health friendly.

Of course after processing their products professionals have made them unhealthy.

Facing the challenges of nature in terms of weather, disasters, and man-made challenges such as land issues and crop damage they continue to serve us.

Every Saturday a category of farmers are seen at the market in towns very early in the morning setting up their display of products for sale.

This means that they prepare their products earlier on and travel during the time when we are enjoying the comfort of our beds.

Sun and rain fails to demotivate them from their production of natural products.

Although their earnings may be meager they never fail to toil the land.

And to add to this most of our farmers are far away in the rural areas meaning away from the facilities in the towns.

They risk their lives for us.

Why not celebrate them at the national level which can set a platform for potential new farmers from our families.

By the way, this is meant for all farmers be they vegetable farmers, cattle farmers, poultry farmers, bee farmers, decorative plant farmers, fish and prawn farmers, rice farmers, fruit farmers and off course canefarmers.

I don't think a day set aside for them at the national level would harm anyone with a positive mind.

God bless our dedicated farmers.

We are what our farmers produce.

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