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Dalo price probe

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

THE Ministry of Agriculture will hold an enquiry with farmers on Taveuni regarding their claims of below-price purchasing of dalo on the island.

Agriculture permanent secretary Ropate Ligairi said they would send field officers to enquire with farmers.

Mr Ligairi said the ministry was gathering facts on the matter before opening an investigation.

"We have heard about these concerns through the media and we are acting on them to find a solution to the dalo pricing problem," said Mr Ligairi.

"We actually had a previous understanding with buyers from last year setting the price of dalo at $1.20 a kilogram but we now hear that this is not true."

"Therefore, we will be carrying out an enquiry with farmers to determine the truth of this and come up with solutions to address the farmers' pleas."

Mr Ligairi, however, maintained that the farmers could not dictate the market because prices were factored by supply and demand of the crop. Principal agricultural officer north John Cox also said earlier the price of dalo, like any other commodity, was dependent on demand from customers and the amount of supply in the market.

Mr Cox further stated this was something that neither the farmers nor the ministry could control.


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