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Farmers to form an association

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, March 27, 2014

DALO farmers on Taveuni may soon form an association following talks with the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council and the Agriculture Ministry.

Council CEO Lavinia Kaumaitotoya said the officials met 3000 farmers to discuss the association issue.

"Although some farmers expressed skepticism, there has been an overall positive response and the farmers are now eager to form a Dalo Farmers Association," Ms Kaumaitotoya said.

"The farmers understand that if they form an association, the council will be able to lend assistance in forming the association's structure or framework.

"Our role as the council will be to ensure your committee works, is transparent and supported by us to solve immediate issues like the dalo price or your dalo market."

She said the onus was on the farmers to form their association.

"Farmers are to be prudent in nominating leaders that will make up their committee as these will be those who will work for the members," she said.

Ms Kaumaitotoya reminded the farmers that many times, the solutions were with them, however, they must organise themselves first and put their issues into perspective.

"This is where the council can assist, provide capacity-building and ensure that members issues are addressed."

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