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Association mooted for dalo farmers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Update: 3:02PM FIJI Crop Livestock Council CEO Lavinia Kaumaitotoya said they were in Taveuni on February this year to collect farmers signatures for the formation of a Dalo Farmers Association.

Ms Kaumaitotoya said they were working in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.

She said in September, they were planning to collect completed forms and signatures from farmers.

In one of our meetings with the farmers, they had addressed the dalo price issue and the association which is planned to be formed will address this issue, she said.

I had also told farmers that they could be their worst enemies because they are the ones who gave permission to middlemen to carry on their sales.

If they agree to sell their dalos to middlemen for a low price, then they are already setting the price of the commodity.

Ms Kaumaitotoya said middlemen also played a critical role as they brought dalo and sold them to the market.

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