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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wainunu dalo rakes in $thousands
Fiji Times - Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Elenava Veiyala with dalo from Wainunu on display at the Agriculture show in Labasa
INCREASING levels of dalo farming at Wainunu district in Bua which is fetching as much as $225,000 per month in returns was hailed at the northern agriculture show.
Big dalo crops from Wainunu were on show attracting public attention and admiration.
Area agricultural officer Jovesa Turagasau said the district was making a huge economic impact in the province.
"There is an increasing wave of farming like never before," Mr Turagasau said.
"There are five middlemen each buying on average 30 tonnes of dalo every month for export."
The department recently supplied another 24,000 dalo tops for cultivation.
All the eight villages in Wainunu are involved in farming.
Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said villagers were being encouraged to utilise the land with dalo and yaqona farming as marketing opportunities opened up.
"The middlemen buyers come right up to our doorstep and the returns farmers are getting is encouraging more levels of farming," he said. "Before the lack of a market was a challenge."
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