Fiji Time: 5:26 PM on Tuesday 4 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Slump in production

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, July 18, 2014

FRUIT and vegetable growers in the Western Division have reported a 25 per cent slump in production because of the unusual cold snap that has affected the area over the past few weeks.

Michael Brown, CEO of Nature's Way Cooperative Limited — the operator of an export produce treatment plant in Nadi — said the only solution to recovering the deficit was for farmers to increase production in areas such as the Sigatoka Valley.

"Our major exports, papaya and eggplant, have really been affected by the cold weather," he said.

"We used to do close to 90 tonnes in total but now we're averaging about 70 to 75 tonnes a month.

"If growers increase their production by 25 per cent then we will be back on track in terms of output."

Mr Brown said another issue that farmers should prepare themselves for was the expected onset of the El Nino phenomenon.

"This will bring in an extended period of dry weather and this will also affect crop production so it is critical that growers prepare themselves accordingly."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62240.6034
JPY 59.145156.1451
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.43130.4193
NZD 0.72550.6925
AUD 0.65190.6269
USD 0.47460.4576

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 4th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. PM cuts off rumours
  2. Professional decision
  3. Full compensation denied
  4. Accident claims teenager, driver on the run
  5. Rain fails to deter spirits
  6. Best for final
  7. ABs to make changes
  8. Dedicated rooms for infant feeding
  9. Flying Fijians win Pacific Nations Cup
  10. Locals receive eye treatment from visiting specialists

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)
  2. Teary farewell for trio Friday (31 Jul)
  3. Final goodbye Wednesday (29 Jul)
  4. Possible delay in military farewell, Tikoitoga busy Monday (03 Aug)
  5. No say over lease Friday (31 Jul)
  6. PM cuts off rumours Tuesday (04 Aug)
  7. Suspended teacher to explain Wednesday (29 Jul)
  8. Mind game Monday (03 Aug)
  9. Commander resigns Sunday (02 Aug)
  10. World cup dream for Lockington Monday (03 Aug)