A NUMBER of farmers on Taveuni have raised their concern regarding the dalo size and weight preference of certain buyers on the island.
Delaivuna farmer James Naicker said some buyers were now demanding certain grades of dalo from farmers.
"Some buyers expect farmers to give them dalo that weigh two kilograms and of a reasonable size so that they can be exported," he said.
"We have been told that in order for our dalo to be exported, we needed to fulfil these recommendations with the dalo we produce.
"It is sad because we cannot accurately control the yield of crops from our farms because it is out of our reach."
Vione farmer Takayawa Temo said buyers were demanding at times.
When asked to comment yesterday, principal agricultural officer North John Cox said they were not aware of these demands.
"We have been contacting our officers at our Taveuni office and we do not know of any such incident where demands are being made by buyers on the size and weight of dalo they will buy from farmers," Mr Cox said.
"I cannot comment on the issue but we will surely look into it."