THE Agriculture Department has started working with farmers in Bua in the hope of revitalising the cocoa industry.
Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said cocoa-farming had started in the villages of Namuavoivoi, Kubuna, Dama and Nawaca.
"A 100-acre land has already been covered with cocoa and we are targeting other blocks for this sort of farming," he said.
"Cocoa is a valuable commodity and generates money in the country.
"Apart from other export commodities, cocoa can be another income-generating source not only for our country but for our families too."
Meanwhile, Mr Cox said they were also rehabilitating cottage industries with emphasis on voivoi and masi farming.
"Apart from promoting the agriculture sector through masi and voivoi farming, we are also indirectly supporting our culture and tradition," he said.
"These are two valuable and lucrative commodities that people, especially the iTaukei go for.
"Farmers can earn high income from it and also promote our cultural identity with it."