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Floriculture association established

Luisa Qiolevu
Monday, February 26, 2018

THE formation of the Northern Floriculture Association will make it easier for members to receive government grants, says senior agricultural officer Timoci Vakaboro.

He made the comment after more than 30 florists in Labasa got together last week and established the first floriculture organisation for the Northern Division.

Mr Vakaboro said the idea behind setting up the association was to develop floriculture and allow farmers access to more markets.

"The association consists of six clusters and forming an association will be an easy way for them to benefit from Government grants," he said.

Mr Vakaboro said the six clusters consisted of farmers from Seaqaqa, Vunivau, Vunika, Siberia, Korotari and Bulileka.

"Each member will have to show their monthly progress in terms of management of nursery, sales and potting."

Mr Vakaboro said the association's first meeting would be held next month.

"This program is part of the ministry's move to empower women.

"The idea behind forming the association was to get women involved and train them and give them an opportunity to market their products."

"This gives women the opportunity to build up contacts and at the same time, learn from each other and help the association grow."

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