CASSAVA farmers in Rakiraki are saving hundreds of dollars each week in transportation costs.
Burenitu farmer Tevita Marovia has been selling cassava for the past five years and used to spend up to $500 to transport his crop to an exporter in Navua.
But this has changed. Now, Mr Marovia is saving on transportation costs since the establishment of a new packing centre at Burenitu.
"It's a huge relief for us the cassava farmers as we don't have to go around looking for markets," he said.
"Years back, we would have to spend a few nights in Lautoka and Suva waiting for the cassava to be sold but now we are selling cassava from our farms.
"Lately, I bought two bullocks and I have also completed constructing my new home. I no longer go to the market because of the many export agents who come to our farms each week."
Mr Marovia said what were previously only dreams could now become a reality.
"Three of my children are now in school and my plan is to provide the best educational support I can possibly offer to safeguard their future.
"I am earning around $2000 per acre and I'm planning to extend my farm, especially with the arrival of my two bullocks."
Mr Marovia thanked the Agriculture Department for providing access to the export market.
"The department has also provided ideas on how to improve land productivity.
"The cassava industry has a bright future but it is a challenge for the farmers to consistently meet market demands."