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Fertiliser change helps soil

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

THE Ministry of Agriculture is working with dalo farmers on Taveuni to introduce alternative fertilisers to help them with soil fertility.

Principal agricultural officer North John Cox yesterday said they were trying to introduce mucuna beans and fish meal as alternatives to NPK fertilisers.

"We are trying our best to introduce new fertiliser alternatives on the island to help farmers in their farms," he said.

"Right now, two alternatives we have come up with are mucuna beans and fish meal.

"The farmers have been testing this out in their respective farms and so far, it's producing good results.

"They have started using the alternative fertilisers and have noticed that the natural manure has contributed to soil fertility.

"We are also trying to promote the use of natural resources around us.

"Farmers have used too much NPK fertiliser over the past years and these natural manure can assist them because it's readily available."

Meanwhile, Mr Cox also visited his staff members on the island last week and encouraged them to continue with the good work they were doing.

He said there was room for improvement in terms of boosting the agricultural sector on Taveuni.

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