The Cooks Foundation grant was awarded after the Matavera Cash Crop Growers’ Association (MCCGA) applied in the hope of protecting their precious crops.
MCCGA secretary Junior Hosking said it was a unanimous decision by the association’s members to request funds for agri-nets.
“We have over 30 current members and the agri-nets will be directly used to protect crops from pests, in particular chickens, but also the mynah birds.”
The nets which are 180m long and around 2m high, will ensure valuable crops such as tomatoes don’t fall victim to the many roaming chickens in the Matavera area.
Hosking said the nets were important to the island in general, as a recent ministry of agriculture survey revealed that most of farmers on the island live in the Matavera area.
MCCGA member Nga Jessie said the group wished to thank Niki Rattle and the rest of the Cooks Foundation board for considering and approving the association’s application.