Earlier this year a formal ceremony to bless the new gear was conducted by the Matavera CICC pastor, the Reverend Takaikura Marsters.
The ceremony was held at the MGA secretary’s residence in Matavera and was attended by around 30 registered members of the association.
“This equipment and machinery has been given to your association as a grant by the government of India and you’re one of the lucky (organisations), Rev Marsters said.
“It is now your duty to make use of it by multiplying what you sow. You, your families and the community will reap from that goodness.”
MGA’s priority is to help all farmers in the community especially the younger ones, to grow their own crops. An association spokesman said the new gear would assist existing farmers and provide an opportunity to promote farming to the younger generation.
“MGA wishes to convey its appreciation to the Development Coordination Division for liaising with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who created this milestone event for the procurement of this machinery and equipment, the spokesman said. “The association now aims to bid in another proposal to buy a farming tractor.
“The Matavera Growers Association extends a huge meitaki maata to the Government of India for the grant fund assistance of $40,000 and acknowledges the assistance of the Cook Islands government in support of the farmers in the community of Matavera.”
The evening ended with a shared dinner to celebrate a milestone achievement for MGA and the community of Matavera. - Release