$26k incentive for Navua potato farmers to up production

Potato harvests in a local farm in Fiji. Government has opened a $26k cold storage facility in Navua targeted at getting more farmers to plant more potatoes. Picture: FT FILE

FARMERS in Navua now have an added advantage of planting more potatoes and more importantly boosting their farming knowledge of the industry.
This by way of the establishment of a $26,000 cold storage facility – under the potato development program – to store seedlings and planting materials for farmers of Serua and Namosi province.
Mohammed Khan, the Senior Agriculture Officer and national coordinator for potato at the ministry, said the facility had been commissioned and handed over to the divisional agriculture office for farmers within the locality.
“This cold storage room, which is based at Navua Agriculture Station is a Government intervention, will assist our farmers and government departments to store planting materials at a cooling temperature of four degrees celsius,” Mr Khan said.
Meanwhile, farmers of Vakabalea in Navua were recently taken through a potato field day to improve their knowledge on best farming practices.
Mr Khan said the province was now in the list for potato growing areas and 10 acres would be planted this year.
“This field day is to build the momentum in order to prepare for the 2018 potato season for farmers who are interested in potato farming.”