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Production to increase

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, May 09, 2014

AGRICULTURAL output from the country's salad bowl is expected to increase significantly after the commissioning of the 15-kilometre tarsealed road that runs through it.

Sigatoka farmer Amba Lal said the newly sealed road had brought about much changes to the delivery of his vegetables to the markets in Sigatoka and Suva.

"Before, when bringing vegetables through the old road, most of the produce would get really dusty," Mr Lal said.

"By the time, we put it on the table for selling in the markets, most of them are bad."

He said the journey to the town was considerably shorter now.

"I used to travel for about an hour to get the vegetables to the Sigatoka market but now it only takes me about 20 minutes.

"And my truck does not suffer quite as much damage as it used to."

Mavua villager Jiasa Tadruku agreed that the upgrade brought greater possibilities for him and his fellow farmers.

"Selling fruits and vegetables in Sigatoka market and in other markets is how we survive," Mr Tadruku said.

"With this new road, most of us will be able to make several trips within the week to sell our produce."

Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council senior assistant roko tui Sakeasi Tawaketini said the advantage to agriculture was immense with the completion of the upgrade.


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