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Dragon Fruit To Be In The Market Soon

Dragon Fruit To Be In The Market Soon
Dragon Fruits
September 06
10:14 2018


Seedlings of a new commodity, pitaya also known as dragon fruit will be distributed to farmers within Fiji particularly the Western Division by next year.

The pitaya is a perennial climbing cactus of the genus Hylocereus which are native to Mexico, Central America and South America. They are currently trialed at the Taiwan Technical Mission Farm in Sigatoka.

Local price of the fruit is $12.50 a kilogram.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Jone Sovalawa said it was introduced to Fiji in 2015 and considered to be a promising remunerative fruit crop.

“The fruit has very attractive colour and mellow mouth melting pulp with black colour edible seed embedded in the pulp along with tremendous nutritive property.

“Today dragon fruit is distributed all over the world, in tropical and subtropical regions. Because of the hardy nature of this fruit crop it can survive adverse climatic conditions of arid and semi-arid regions,” he added.

The fruit, Mr Sovalawa said were grown commercially in Israel, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Australia, United States of America and Taiwan.

“The biggest advantage of this crop is that once planted, it will grow for about 20 years and one hectare could accommodate about 800 dragon fruit plants,” he said.

Mr Sovalawa reminded farmers that once the varieties are released the responsibility rested with them.

“The responblity to produce what the market demands and most importantly to the quality and standard required.

“Presently, even some of our local high markets here are still pleading for volume and consistency in supply,” he said.


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