Khan Sus­tains Fam­ily Thanks to Gar­den­ing Project

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Aprop­erty fire and los­ing a job as a re­sult of the COVID-19 cri­sis has en­abled Manauwar Khan to chan­nel his time to seek other means to pro­vide for his fam­ily.

Mr Khan was join­ing the cho­rus of Fi­jians who were spend­ing more en­ergy in their com­pound cre­at­ing a food haven for their fam­i­lies.

The 28-year-old, Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity grad­u­ate in Web De­vel­op­ment and IT net­work­ing, works for Rosie Hol­i­days as an eCom­merce man­ager look­ing af­ter the web­sites, on­line de­vel­op­ment and mo­bile apps since 2016.

On March 22, a late night fire com­pletely de­stroyed their prop­erty and other busi­nesses in Nadi Town. It was also at the time when Lau­toka was just re­cently de­clared a con­fined area af­ter the coun­try’s COVID-19 case was an­nounced.

But weeks be­fore that, as the world be­gan to re­alise the mag­ni­tude of this cri­sis, the tourism in­dus­try as well as Fiji’s was hit. Hence, Mr Khan and thou­sands more in the tourism in­dus­try were sent on un­paid leave.

Mr Khan has been gar­den­ing for about six weeks now and al­ready, his project has been bear­ing fruits.

He has planted toma­toes, co­rian­der, spring onion, let­tuce, spinach, white red­dish, egg­plant, cab­bage, chili, mus­tard leaves, fenu­greek leaves, mint, cap­sicum, bean and okra in his prop­erty on Fan­tasy Is­land, Nadi.

“I no longer have a full­time job and God knows what lies ahead for our fu­ture,” he said.

“It is to­tally un­der­stand­able as to why the com­pany had to send their staff on un­paid leave. I hope and pray that the sit­u­a­tion gets bet­ter soon and I look for­ward to start­ing my full time job again at Rosie.

“We as a fam­ily de­cided to use this op­por­tu­nity for some back­yard gar­den­ing.

“We also do fish­ing and crab catch­ing from our back­yard as we have a fresh­wa­ter stream be­side our house.

“This will be ben­e­fi­cial for us be­cause we will have fresh pro­duce for our food on the ta­ble and also we can avoid vis­it­ing the crowded veg­etable mar­ket dur­ing this time of COVID-19.”

He mostly does gar­den­ing with his wife but also ac­com­pa­nied by other fam­ily mem­bers as they also have in­ter­est in gar­den­ing.

He also stud­ied Agri­cul­ture back in High School so that has be­come very handy.

Manauwar Khan be­side his gar­den at his home on Fan­tasy Is­land in Nadi.

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