SUNCITY

Farmers Boost Off-season

Strategies for off-season adaptation were discussed at the Sigatoka Research Station yesterday. The five-day workshop is organised by the Pacific Island Farmer Organisation Network (PIFON) in partnership with the European
02 Jun 2015 15:55
Farmers  Boost  Off-season

Strategies for off-season adaptation were discussed at the Sigatoka Research Station yesterday.

The five-day workshop is organised by the Pacific Island Farmer Organisation Network (PIFON) in partnership with the European Union Funded Project (PAPP) or Pacific Agriculture Policy Plan implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Present were participants from Samoa, Tonga, Solomons Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fijian local farmers and stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The ministry’s principle horticulture research officer crop research division, Shalendra Prasad, said technologies were available in Fiji for farmers during in the off-season.

“In the off-season the main problems we have is high temperature, excessive rainfall, pests and diseases reducing the quality of the produce,” Mr Prasad said.

He said the ministry was urging farmers to build simple housing structures for their crops using local materials such as bamboo and timber.

Mr Prasad said the Fijian Government was investing a lot in import substitution.

“Some of the farmers are already doing this so we want to extend that to other farmers and some of the off-season crops are head cabbage, lettuce, capsicum and cucumber,” he said.

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