SUGARCANE farmers receiving assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community now have a diverse range of information to help them in better managing their farms.
The SPC recently launched two resource publications that focus on crop suitability and the impact that the EU-funded Fairtrade certification on sugar cane had on farmers in the North.
The publications — Suitability maps for selected fruit, vegetable and root crops in Fiji, Gross margins for selected fruit, vegetable and root crops for the sugarcane belt in Fiji, and Fairtrade certification of sugar cane in Vanua Levu, Fiji — were initiated by SPC's Land Resources Division.
According to the SPC, the first document contained a determination of suitability classes for 78 crops and suitability maps for each crop.
The publications also has information on crop and soil suitability, crop gross margins which are important for agricultural development. The second book on Fairtrade certification assesses the benefits and costs of such certification for sugar cane on Vanua Levu.
This study was undertaken by the Labasa Cane Producers Association, the EU's Fiji-based co-ordination unit and SPC.