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Lack of dalo spoils sales

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

THE sale of a variety of dalo on Vanua Levu has not been successful because of the inconsistency of supply from farmers, says Agricultural Marketing Authority sales and marketing manager Alivereti Yaya.

Mr Yaya said there was a high demand for tausala (a variety of dalo) in the local market but farmers were not supplying enough.

"There is so much demand for tausala in the local market alone but there's not a lot coming out of Vanua Levu," Mr Yaya said. "And that goes for other varieties of dalo.

"There is a large supply coming out of Taveuni but that is the only area that has consistent supply compared to areas like Savusavu."

He said farmers were usually focused more on planting the crop for their own demand.

"They only plant enough for themselves and not for the greater population.

"The only time where there is a high number of dalo is at the end of the year but what we need to cater for the high demand from other parts of the country is for the supply to be consistent all year around.

"There needs to be more awareness done for dalo farmers where they should be provided with more information like where the demand lies and what variety is in high demand. Planting programs should be encouraged beca­use there is a large market for it but there is a hardly any farming being done.

"The sale of dalo for export has decreased from $1.50 a kilogram to $1.60 because the supply is always lower than the demand."

He added there was a high demand for dalo in New Zealand which they have been trying to cater for.








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