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Ginger farming boost for province

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, January 12, 2013

INCOME generating projects are now booming within the province of Serua and Namosi with more farmers focusing on poultry, ginger, vegetable, and root crop farming this year.

Majority of the income generating projects within the Serua and Namosi provinces have increased tremendously in the past two years with more farmers showing interest in commercialising their business on a wider scale.

Senior agricultural officer Navua, Sanaila Turaga said they had seen a wide range of ginger farming within the two provinces.

He said most farmers focused on ginger farming this year since it did not require a long time to grow, and the revenue earned was better compared to what they earned from root crops and vegetables.

"The market is there and the demand is wide so the farmers do not have to go around looking for a place where they can sell their produce," Mr Turaga said.

"Right now ginger farmers are focusing their attention on baby gingers, which requires about five months to grow before it is ready for harvest," he said.

"Farmers from around Nakavu, Veivatuloa Village and Vakabalea settlement have been able to produce 1500 tonnes of ginger annually," he added.

Mr Turaga said they had been meeting their target ever since they started the ginger income generating project two years ago in the provinces.

Kovukovu ginger farmer Tuimateo Waqanivalu said they had seen the benefits of producing ginger.

Mr Waqanivalu said they were able to earn $3000 from only eight chains of ginger last year.

"This year, we're working on three acres of land and we can imagine how much we would earn from it. Ginger farming requires a lot of effort and we are committed in meeting our target by the end of the five months period," he said.


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