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Rare-size crop fetches good price for farmer

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

FARMER Eneriko Taukei received a nice surprise when he harvested unusually large crops from his dalo farm in Nakama outside Labasa.

Vendors at the Labasa market got a glimpse of the rare-size crops which were longer and larger than the normal ones on display at the market yesterday.

The 25-year-old farmer said he was surprised with the large sizes of dalo he harvested from his farm this year.

"I had begun planting at the spot where my farm is currently located beside the Nakama River and the rich loam soil at the river bank was the reason I had big yields of taro this year," he said.

"I knew that the size of the taro from my farm is huge so I was proud when I displayed my taro at the market this (yesterday) morning.

"Compared to the rest of the taro sold at the market today (yesterday) my taro stood out because of its size."

Mr Taukei's dalo sold like hot cakes at the market yesterday as people bought them for $15 a bundle.

"I am a youth and my message to the other youths out there is that there is nothing more rewarding than the feeling of reaping the fruits of your own hard work.

"I am proud of what I achieved today and will continue to plant taro for my source of income.

"I believe that no one in Fiji should be poor because we have a huge reserve of land and all we need is apply some hard work to it to get a decent living."