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Need to grow more

Maciu Malo
Saturday, January 11, 2014

TAIWAN Technical Mission agriculture specialist Chih-Cheng Lee believes farmers should focus more on off-season planting to maintain consistency in market delivery.

He said during his 10-year experience in the Sigatoka Valley he saw that the farmers had the potential to feed resorts in the area and supply the market through proper planning.

Mr Lee said the mission had been assisting farmers in the area with techniques and education programs.

"We have assisted 110 farmers in Nadroga through training and different techniques of planting various types of vegetables," he said.

"Here in Fiji, all farmers can produce any crop but I think they should focus more on the off-season.

"If farmers do well in the off-season, they can consistently supply the various markets.

"Fiji's off-season is from October to April and this is the time we need hard work from the farmers.

"We have taught farmers in Nadroga what to do during the off-season and we are glad that some are doing well."

Mr Lee said the mission had assisted in setting up plastic houses for the farmers to provide shelter for the vegetables during heavy rain and hot sun.

He said the plastic houses protected vegetables from damage.

"We also provide training to students and farmers and we invite farmers to come to our farms to further their knowledge."


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