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Ra Province Secures The Dalo Market

Dalo farmers from the Province of Ra now have a secured market following years of dealing with irregular clients. A two day International Trade Centre (ITC) Project Workshop brought together
30 Jul 2015 10:45
Ra Province Secures The Dalo Market
(Middle) The Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu addressing the crowd during the International Trade Centre (ITC) Project Workshop

Dalo farmers from the Province of Ra now have a secured market following years of dealing with irregular clients.

A two day International Trade Centre (ITC) Project Workshop brought together a decision for Navua-based exporter Bens Trading Limited to be the main market for the Ra dalo farmers.

The workshop which was funded by the European Union had about 400 participants at Naluva and Burenitu village.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, was present as the chief guest.

The seminar aimed to ensure productive partnerships between ITC and Ra establishing smallholder clusters where preferred buyers are recognised.

Ra Provincial Administrator Kelepi Kubunameca who endorsed the collective decision ensured the monitoring of progress would be done by his office.

“We mainly touched on looking at dalo farming as a lucrative business and how to link farmers to the market,” he said.

“Also we spoke about how to improve the issue of ten percent of dalo production being of good quality while the rest flows to the local market. We have decided to work towards improving this by 2016.”

Mr Kubunameca said the Ra business sector was working towards creating rural millionaires in terms of farmers tapping into the immense business ventures in the province.

“I believe that the number of people from here going to urban areas should actually be staying back to utilise the green resources and even Government has realized that the Ra province is rich in farming resources,” he said.

He added “I urge all farmers to attend this road show to learn about land access and how to up skill themselves business wise.

Meanwhile the Ra agriculture road show will be starting today at the Uluda ground in Rakiraki.

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