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Rehab for cocoa farms

Luke Rawalai
Friday, November 09, 2012

EXISTING cocoa farms in Vanua Levu will soon be rehabilitated in a bid to revive the industry in the north

Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said extension staff from the three provinces of Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove were currently attending a four-day training workshop which would upskill their knowledge on cocoa production. "The knowledge that our officers will glean from the four day workshop will be used by them to educate and create awareness in the rural areas that they serve in," said Mr Cox.

"We are focusing on reviving existing cocoa farms that we already have and some of them are as old as the 1980s and the officers being trained in the workshop will take back what they learn and share these with new farmers."

Forty participants from the Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove provinces are attending the workshop which ends today.

Mr Cox said farmers had neglected cocoa farming but with the recent high demand from overseas markets, the ministry had decided it was time to breathe some life into the industry.