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Many Fijians lost their jobs and the prices for fresh food along with other basic food items increased. The Pacific Islands Rural and Agriculture Stimulus Facility (PIRAS) aims to help farmers in Fiji recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by improving income generation and food and nutrition for rural communities. The PIRAS project through Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) assisted Mr. Qolikitoga with vegetable seeds namely long bean, capsicum, watermelon, cucumber and others that will help him continue with the supply of his off-season vegetable to the local market.
“I’m thankful for the trainings that was conducted by PCDF because it has taught me a lot on ways to utilize the soil, improve farm planning and planting methods. Time management and setting up a farming timetable is something I learned and put into practice and speaking from experience it has helped me tremendously.”