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Seedling distribution

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, January 31, 2013

ABOUT one thousand coconut seedlings are expected to be distributed to farmers on Taveuni.

Principal agricultural officer north John Cox said 700 seedlings had been distributed to farmers so far.

He said this was in line with government's initiative to revive the copra industry.

"We will be issuing seedlings that are developed in our nurseries," said Mr Cox.

"We already have some seedlings and it is the farmers who need to show their interest and get the seedlings from our offices.

"We, however, have prerequisites prior to the distribution of these seedlings and the condition is that farmers should make good use of the seedlings."

Mr Cox said there had been cases in which farmers had failed to plant the seedlings despite the assistance of the department.

"We are urging those interested farmers to visit our office and obtain these seedlings.

"Farmers need to ensure their farms are clean so that they do not become breeding sites for pests that damage the crop.

"We all have our parts to play in ensuring the industry is revived."