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Dalo still fit to be sold locally

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, July 03, 2014

REJECTION of dalo for export because of their size is normal, says Principal Agricultural Officer North John Cox.

Responding to farmers' concern on the wastage of rejected dalo which were still fit for consumption, Mr Cox said export of dalo was something out of their reach as they were determined by the market expectation and demand.

Mr Cox added this was not the end of the road for dalo farmers because they could sell their rejected dalo in the municipal markets.

"Dalo farmers can get together and contact the municipal markets in Labasa and Savusavu to sell their dalo rejects," he said.

"There is nothing that the Agriculture Department can do about export rejects because that is something that we do not control.

"There are also companies out there who make dalo chips and other form of products from dalo and farmers can also get in touch with them to supply them with dalo."

Mr Cox said the dalo export was not the only means of generating money from the commodity and farmers could also look out for other opportunities.