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Local market demands

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, May 15, 2014

WHILE there has been wide spread encouragement for diversification in the agricultural sector, the local market demand still values mono-cropping.

Secretariat of the Pacific Land Resource Division deputy director Sairusi Bulai said unfortunately the situation was "what the market wants".

"For example, for taro, they only want the tausala," he said.

"That is the problem that we face, while we talk about the need for diversification, the market is talking about a different thing all together.

"The market wants this kind of taro, they want this kind of papaya but these are natural products. It's not a factory made product."

Mr Bulai said the same issue was found in the forestry sector.

"I don't think we need to plant more pines or mahogany. We need to move away from that and we need to diversify and plant other kinds of trees bearing in mind what we need out of those forests.

"What we need is to diversify our forests and increasing our resilience to climate change and its impacts."

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