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Agri Ministry Encourages Yam Farming

Agri Ministry Encourages Yam Farming
June 17
10:00 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture is encouraging more farmers to participate in planting yams and meet the increasing demands in the market.

This follows a Mini Yam Competition on June 15 for the farmers in Rakiraki organised by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Mini Yam Competition was organised to promote and strengthen yam production to meet the increasing demands of quality yams for local and export market and to address the revitalization of the indigenous disaster resilient crops in Fiji.

Principal Agriculture Officer West Viliame Mainawalala said the Ministry is working very closely with the farmers in terms of providing support to the farmers.

“We have an Agriculture Extension Services Programme where we buy planting materials from the farmers and then we distribute it to the other interested farmers especially the varieties that has been proven to be resilient to the changing weather pattern,” Mr Mainawalala said.

“For the Western division, Rakiraki is the main producing area for yam but we are trying to revive and encourage more farmers to take up this crop especially for the export market.

“The purpose of the Mini Yam Competition was also to create awareness for the farmers to plant this crop and also to promote food and income security.”

Forty-nine year old Epeli Sasau from Bucalevu Village in Ra who received the first prize in the Competition said the demand for yams is increasing in the market.

“I have been planting yams for almost 10 years now and the demand for yams in Fiji is increasing because the overseas market is also opening up for the local farmers,” he said.

 

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