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Three Tonnes Potatoes Harvested In Nadi

Three Tonnes Potatoes Harvested In Nadi
Nakovacake Development Holdings staff members with the harvested potato in Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
October 03
10:53 2015

At least three tonnes of potato were harvested this week from the Nakovacake Total Farm in Nadi.

The farm is located along Denarau Road (50 metres from the main road) opposite Narewa Village with an approximate area of 14 acres.

Nakovacake Holdings secretary, Anare Naivutevure, said they were amazed with the size of the produce.

“It was harvested from the farm on only half acre of the land was only tested for potato production,” he said.

“With only this much area, we could not believe that it has produced sizes of the potatoes same as Kumala (sweet potato).”

Mr Naivutevute said their potato farming normally took a period of three to four months before it is harvested.

“For the time being, we are concentrating on our local market that is for local consumption selling at $1.30 kilogram. Maybe we will look into exporting in the near future,” he said.


The farm

Mr Naivutevute said the Nakovacake Total Farm was introduced to the Ministry of Agriculture with the objective to toil their land for farming purposes.

“This is following the Ministry of Agriculture advice to test potato production on our land because we hardly plant potato in the Nadi area,” he said.

“This is also a short term crop which gives a quick return in terms of farming investment.

With the availability of Government assistance the landowners had all the requirements needed to be able to establish this farming project.

Mr Naivutevute said the Government has contributed over $40,000.

This includes cost of land clearing, bore hole for irrigation purpose, machines, fertilisers, seedlings, 100,000 litres water tank, rotter machine for soil softening and farm house materials.


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