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Fiji Can Produce Better, More Veggies

There is potential for improving and increasing vegetable production in Fiji, says the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Plant Health officer, Aloesi Hickes. She made the comment during the
12 Nov 2014 12:06
Fiji Can Produce Better, More Veggies

There is potential for improving and increasing vegetable production in Fiji, says the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Plant Health officer, Aloesi Hickes.

She made the comment during the SPC Public Seminar hosted by the Pacific Agriculture and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet) on Food Security at Risk in the Pacific at the University of the South Pacific’s AusAID Lecture Theatre yesterday.
PAFPNet is a regional network connecting and empowering the people of the Pacific to share experiences on issues related to agricultural and forestry policy.

Ms Hickes spoke on the topic ‘Integrated approaches to intensify vegetable production in the Pacific Island Countries.’

“The use of insect exclusion technique can be one of the ways to reduce the use of pesticides,” Ms Hickes said.
For further work, she said, there was a need to extend production period for vegetables.
Ministry of Agriculture senior agriculture officer- Taveuni, Rohit Lal, spoke on the effect of soil degradation on taro yields in Fiji.

“Taro is a very important staple diet for Fijians,” Mr Lal said.

He said taro export started in 1993 and the demand continues to increase.

“The traditional shifting cultivation practices have been changed to intensive mono cropping.”

The seminar ended yesterday.

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