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FARMER LAMENTS LOSSES Yaqona farmer Alifereti Nasoqo from Ravitaki Village in Kadavu on April 15, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Alifereti Nasoqo’s plan to start build­ing his own house next month has been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Strong winds destroyed his yaqona farm in Ravitaki Village, Kadavu earlier last week.

Apart from his 8-acre yaqona farm, his fam­ily home was also among homes on the island which were completely destroyed.

“I lost around $10,000 after my yaqona farm was destroyed. I was planning to harvest this month but unfortunately I can’t do that,” Mr Nasoqo, 19, said.

He said plans had been drawn up to start in­vesting in his own home after harvesting his yaqona.

“In every harvest I can earn around $20,000 but I can’t achieve that now but I’ve got no choice but to harvest whatever is left on the farm,” Mr Nasoqo said.

He said with the recent change in weather conditions he wouldn’t be able to achieve his dream to become one of the most successful yaqona farmers on Kadavu.

“The change in weather conditions is af­fecting us and if it continues then we have no choice but to look for other sources of in­come, yaqona is one of the main sources of income for us here in Kadavu,’’ Mr Nasoqo said.

“I don’t want to depend on anyone so that is why I am planning to build my own home.’’

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