Future of agriculture in Fiji

A SMALL Fijian social enterprise focused on sustainable economic development has developed a new simple guide to organic farming.

The enterprise — Loving Islands Fiji — last week published their first edition of Field Guide to Organic Regenerative Farming in the Pacific Islands.

According to Loving Islands founder/director Litia Kirwin, they worked with more than 300 Fijian farmers in remote island areas in 2017 in developing the guide as a take-away resource.

This, she said, was particularly aimed for farmers in the Pacific that had difficulty accessing training in organic farming including those who were generally interested in learning more about starting organic farming in the Pacific Islands.

“This guide has been developed as a practical and interactive guide for Pacific Island farmers interested in “going organic” for better income, better health and better environments,” Ms Kirwin said.

“We will be looking to have it translated into Fijian iTaukei language in the coming months, however it has been developed as an easy-to-read and very visual guide for farmers where English is a second language.”

This 24-page field guide includes:

* easy to read content introducing you to organic farming in the Pacific Islands;

* photos of organic farming around the Pacific Islands;

* no-tech/low-tech (Do It Yourself or DIY) practical activities including: how to set up an organic participatory guarantee system, soil type assessment, soil profiling, compost making, and visual nutrient deficiency analysis;

* recipes for organic fertilisers, pesticides and weedicides;

* references for ongoing learning; and

* a summary of the Pacific organic standards and how to get started.

While the field guide has already received much response in its pre-orders, it can be purchased at a price of $F20 or $F15 for educational and development institutions.

Orders can be made by emailing contact@lovingislands.com

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