New guava variety for Fiji

Update: 9:05PM A NEW variety of guava will be launched in Fiji next year by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM).

Principal research officer Horticulture Shalendra Prasad said in a Government statement that they had been working in collaboration with TTM on various fruits and vegetable research and development projects.

“TTM has been in the country since the 1970s and the ministry has been working closely with them on some research activities and now our focus is to also include fruit production in research and development,” Mr Prasad said.

“The ministry and the TTM have introduced a good variety of guava and conducted research for the past 10 years.”

Mr Prasad said the field day was organised to gauge the interest of farmers in growing this new variety at the commercial level.

The Research Division of the ministry and TTM officials recently organised a field day at the Sigatoka Research Station to put up a proposal to farmers living in Valley Road to plant this new variety of guava, and also specialise in commercial farming in the future.

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