New machine for rice farmers


Rice farmers at Muanidevo in Dreketi took time off on Thursday to see how a rice thresher from Indonesia works. The thresher is driven by a hand or walking tractor. The demonstration took place on a farm in Naibulu. Advanced Parts and Spares Limited marketing and business development manager, Yogeshwar Chand said the thresher was suitable for rice farmers. Mr Chand said during a visit to Indonesia last year, company officials gave specifications for the machine to suit the Fiji environment. “This is the only machine brought across and this is the first demonstration to farmers. Getting more of these machines will depend on demand,” he said. “Most farmers are impressed after learning how to operate the machine. It costs $2900. “Farmers were offered a package deal of a hand tractor, rice reaper and rice thresher for just $19, 000,” he said. Naibulu farmer, Hemant Kumar said machines made work easier. “Such machines ease the labour problems and save costs and time,” he said (Fiji Sun, Feb 2, 2010).