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New Farming Idea For Urban Farmers Banana Culture

New Farming Idea For Urban Farmers Banana Culture
Ministry of Agriculture Crop Extension division staff (from left) Lilly Korodrau, Subhashni Chand and Mareia Vivvuga with their display at Syria Park during Central Division Agriculture show in Nausori. Photo: RONALD KUMAR
September 10
11:21 2015

If you’re a farmer in the city and are short of space for farming, you need to go to the Central Division Agriculture Show at Syria Park in Nausori.

One of the many stalls at the show displays ways to farm for an average ‘urban farmer’.  An eye catching method is the Banana Culture.

Ministry of Agriculture extension officer – Nausori Joji Cavalevu explains the idea of Banana Culture.

He said: “The city people don’t have the luxury of farming due to space and land.

“Which in turn restricts us but through banana farming you can plant anything and place it anywhere suitable.”

 

Process

Banana Culture is simply planting crop inside a banana trunk.

Mr Cavalevu explained the process: “You cut the trunk of the banana and you leave it for some time so that it dries up then you make holes in the trunk itself.

“You then mix soil with poultry manure, we use 1:2 ratio i.e. one spade of poultry manure with two spades of soil.

“Then you can farm any crops inside. On display today we have lettuce and cabbage on Banana Culture.”

 

Idea

The idea of Banana Culture had emerged from a visit overseas.

Mr Cavalevu said: “I actually went for training in Philippines and that was where I got the idea from.

“I knew this would be a great method for farming in Fiji due to the storage of space.”

He added the Banana Culture is some of the ways farmers in the city can plant crops instead of using pots and plastic buckets and it is also another way to recycle.

 

Show

The Agriculture Show is a platform for farmers to come and learn new ideas and methods of farming.

“Through this Agriculture Show, we can help give new ideas as to how they can utilise they available resources to produce their own food which is healthier than buying,” Mr Cavalevu said.

“However, if you cannot make it to the show, you go to any of our Extension Offices around the country to get technical advice on how they can better their farming activities in the city.”

But he urged farmers to go to the show and have a look at the new ideas of farming.

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