Fiji chicken farmer proves successful
Sanjay Chand who
runs a backyard chicken farm in Navula, Saru, outside Lautoka has been commended
by Acting Divisional Youth Officer, Patrick Morgam for showing initiative and
commitment in ensuring the continuity and success of his small micro
Mr. Chand, a
casual labourer, had initially sought assistance from the Ministry of
Youth to look after his family and his elderly parents. He had also been
seeking help to finance his seven year old son's medical treatment.
"He had leased 17 acres of land at Saru and decided that he needed to
supplement his income with a poultry business," said Youth Officer Sereima
Raikanikoda, â€œso we paid a visit to the site and assessed his application for
assistance with FJ$764.93 (US$462).â€
He started with 72 day old chicks which were put in a brooding box
with light at night. At the end of the second week they were fed with broiler
starter and given broiler finisher from the fourth week. After six weeks, 68
live birds were sold to nearby villages. Chand earned more than $1000 (US$600)
just six weeks after he was assisted under the Small Micro Enterprise
â€œWhat I admire about Sanjay is his initiative. After he had sold his
first batch of chickens he did not wait around for help or assistance, he
actually went and bought the second and the third batch to ensure continuity in
the progress of his venture,â€ Morgam said.
The Ministry has commended the efforts of Chand who managed make a
success of his poultry business, despite entering the industry just four months
ago. Raikanikoda said that he is now considering leaving his job as a casual
labourer to concentrate on expanding his business.
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