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Farmers cash in on abundance of coconuts

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, May 05, 2014

FARMERS in the small farming community of Daloko Settlement in Dreketi, Macuata, have a better idea of utilising coconuts for virgin coconut oil production following a training workshop last week.

Principal agriculture officer Northern John Cox said the training was necessary because the settlement was blessed with countless coconut trees.

"We are helping the farmers with new skills and knowledge on how to make quality virgin coconut oil and because coconut trees are abundant in Daloko, it's only wise for them to make good use of such resources," he said.

"Farmers from as far as Nabavatu and Nakanacagi and other neighbouring villages and settlements converged on Daloko to learn about virgin coconut oil production.

"Such small-scale farming is somehow contributing to the economy and the international demand on such oil. It is also helping farmers financially."

Mr Cox said it was good to note that farmers were interested in learning more about the production.

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