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Alarm over dalo prices

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, December 06, 2013

DALO farmers on Taveuni have raised their concern about the low dalo prices paid out at this time of the year.

The price dropped from $2 to $1.60 per kilogram.

Satish Kumar, a farmer on the south end of Taveuni, said dalo prices were usually higher during this time of the year.

"This is the first time for it to drop from $2 and $2.40 to $1.60. Every Christmas season, the dalo price is high but this year it is low," Mr Kumar said.

"Usually, every year, farmers look forward to the Christmas season because the dalo price is high from $2 above.

"The high price helps us pay bills and send money for our loved ones living in other parts of the country."

Another farmer Ioane Batita said the price was low compared with past festive seasons.

"A lot of farmers look forward to the Christmas and new year season because of the high price of dalo but it is different this year."

Principal agricultural officer North John Cox said the current price was good enough.

"The farmers need to understand why the prices fluctuate," Mr Cox said.

"When the dalo supply is high, the price is low and when the supply is low, the price is high so during festive season, supply is usually high and prices low.

"Farmers being paid $1.70 is good enough for this season and will give farmers enough for their Christmas and new year spending."