‘Let’s stop talking…let’s go organic’

Asaeli Turner (closest to camera) with other participants of SPREP's PEBACC program in Taveuni. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

ORGANIC farming should be put to practice and stakeholders should not just talk about it.

This was a plea made by farmers who participated at a training workshop on Taveuni organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) for its Pacific Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project.

The farmers from Kadavu, who had been involved in organic farming, made the plea during last week’s visit to Navakawau Village, south of Taveuni.

Former Savusavu Town mayor and retired civil servant Peni Naulu said at the meeting that organic farming was not a new thing in Fiji.

“It has been practised by our forefathers and passed down to generations and farmers in Kadavu continue to practise it today so organic farming is not a new thing in this country,” he said.

“It may be new for some people because they never practised organic farming, but it’s time we stopped talking about it and instead put it to practice.

“For the past two decades, I have been hearing about organic farming and I am retired now and people still talk about it.

“Let’s stop talking about it and let’s go organic and group and stakeholders need to support farmers by helping them with tools, not just talking about organic (farming) with farmers.”

Mr Naulu said farmers needed to do organic farming to protect the soil and crops which was their source of income.

Kadavu Provincial Council chairman Malakai Masi said 90 per cent of farmers on his island do organic farming because it is a tradition taught by their forefathers.

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