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Farmers learn intercropping benefits

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, June 05, 2014

ABOUT 150 sugarcane growers in Nawaicoba near Nadi were taught the benefits of intercropping at a field day organised by the Fairtrade Coordination Unit yesterday.

Extension co-ordinator Sat Deo Sen said the response from farmers was very encouraging.

"We had expected 80 but more than 140 turned up," he said.

"The main objective of this program is to encourage farmers to plant leguminous plants like cow peas and peanuts alongside their cane.

"This not only improves nitrogen in the soil, it also provides additional income to growers."

Mukesh Chand, the owner of the farm where the field day was held, said since he began intercropping last year he had sold more than $400 worth of peanuts.

Mr Chand said with the training provided by the Fairtrade Coordination Unit, he had noticed a significant increase in yield per acre.

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