Fiji Time: 3:11 AM on Sunday 23 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Organic farming grows

Litia Vulaidausiga
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

DESPITE initial reservations, more farmers are forging into organic farming through an EU-funded GROW program administered by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development.

FRIEND director Sashi Kiran said most were suppliers of ingredients for herbal infusions and tea variaties retailed by them.

"When the concept was first introduced at a FRIEND farmer conference two years ago, most farmers in the Western Division said it was impossible with the increasing diseases in their crops. However, slowly the concept has taken root and around 30 farmers from three villages in Sigatoka have taken up organic farming," she said.

Ms Kiran said they also received positive feedbacks from hotels keen to purchase organic produce for their restaurants to cater to the demand of increasingly health-conscious global consumers.

"Initial training for these farmers was carried out by the Women in Business Development from Samoa, while the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community assisted with capacity-building for staff."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Biman: Budget boring
  2. Nine retained
  3. Biggest share
  4. Dragon's embrace
  5. Blind faces 'long' lay-off
  6. Free education extended
  7. Biggest pie goes to FRA
  8. Fijian connection to spark Wallabies try-scoring spree
  9. Tonga to forge new partnership
  10. Pacific Islands and China

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist's death: Murder accused to appear in court Monday (17 Nov)
  2. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  3. Lover's alibi Sunday (16 Nov)
  4. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  5. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  6. The man behind the scene Monday (17 Nov)
  7. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  8. Man found unconscious, dies in hospital Monday (17 Nov)
  9. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  10. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)