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Breadfruit exports could benefit villagers

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LOCALLY grown breadfruit will soon be served on plates in the United States when negotiations between local authorities and the US Department of Agriculture are completed.

Nadi-based crop growers co-operative Nature's Way said information sought by the USDA had already been submitted.

"This is another crop that could prove lucrative for local growers and even villagers in the Western Division," said co-op CEO Michael Brown.

"Apart from interest from villages, we have a total of 23 farmers that have invested in breadfruit planting and they have managed to gain access to high quality trees from the Pacific Breadfruit Project.

"The farmers are considered commercial because they have planted at least 50 trees of the preferred export variety and are following good package management practices to prepare for fresh fruit exports."

Mr Brown said 1323 breadfruit trees have been planted on close to 23.2 acres of land.

"The development of breadfruit orchards has taken place between Sigatoka and Rakiraki because of proximity to Nature's Way and the Nadi International Airport."

Another 500 trees will be planted on 10 acres of land in the West by June this year.








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