Use Time Wisely: Ram

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Galoa Is­land Pri­mary School head­teacher Rishi Ram at his rice farm in Naibulu, Dreketi, Labasa.

School teacher Rishi Ram knows the value of time and he makes ev­ery mo­ment of it count, work­ing hard for his fam­ily. Mr Ram has 28 years of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in re­mote and ru­ral schools, and with it comes ed­u­ca­tional re­source chal­lenges that has molded him into a prob­lem solver.

The cur­rent head­teacher of Galoa Is­land Pri­mary School in Bua grew up in a farm­ing fam­ily, and agricultur­e has al­ways been his pas­sion.

“Even though I am a school teacher, I con­tin­ued to farm veg­eta­bles and rice with the knowl­edge I had learned from my fa­ther while work­ing with him on the farm,” Mr Ram said.

In 2019, he be­came Fiji’s high­est yield­ing rice farmer and pro­duced 60 tonnes of rice. He kept three tonnes of rice seeds for this year and sold the re­main­ing 57 tonnes to Fiji Rice Lim­ited.

Mr Ram said this was pos­si­ble with govern­ment as­sis­tance through the ma­chin­ery hired at a sub­si­dized rate. His fam­ily also plants veg­eta­bles, rear goats and fish­ing. “I love work­ing hard and al­ways strive to get full co­op­er­a­tion from my fam­ily, by work­ing alone I could not have achieved all this,” he said.

His ad­vice: “What you be­come de­pends on how wise you use your time. Some peo­ple end up be­ing beg­gars while some be­come mil­lion­aires.”

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