A GROUP of farmers in the district of Wainunu in Bua have ventured into ginger farming on a large-scale for commercial use.
Managed and owned by three brothers at Cora Estate, the newly-formed Yadali Organic Growers Association has 70 active farmers who have shown interest in ginger farming.
Speaking on behalf of the brothers, Rodger Simpson said all the farmers had their own blocks where they used up at least one to five acres to plant ginger.
"The idea of setting up this farm came after the Agriculture Department encouraged farmers in the north this year to indulge in ginger farming not only for local consumption but for commercial use as well," Mr Simpson said.
"We aim to produce 50 to 70 tonnes of ginger and discussions with our overseas markets are well underway," he said.
"Farmers will also be supplied with organic fertilisers because one of our very own qualified workers has been tasked to make these fertilisers from animal and bird wastes," he added.
While ginger farming will be a major investment for the association, Mr Simpson said it required financial assistance from corporate agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs).
"We need help from these organisations because farmers will need equipment like tractors, improved road conditions and other materials to help them in their respective farms.
"The association aims to revive the interest in ginger farming as has been the case back in the 1980s," Mr Simpson said.
"We will also embark on yaqona, root crop and vegetable farming for the purpose of supplying locally and also commercially."