New guava variety

THE Ministry of Agriculture plans to introduce a new variety of guava for commercial production next year and it will be targeted for local markets, especially in supermarkets and hotel industry.

In astatement from the Department of Information yesterday, the ministry said it would launch the new variety of guava in collaboration with the Taiwan Technical Mission.

Principal research officer horticulture, Shalendra Prasad said some farmers had shown keen interest in accepting the new crop and were willing to specialise in the commodity at a commercial level.

A field day was organised by the research division of the ministry and TTM officials at the Sigatoka Research Station, to put up a proposal to farmers living in Valley Rd to plant this new variety of guava as well as to specialise in commercial farming in the future.

Mr Prasad said they were working with TTM on various fruits and vegetable research and development projects and they had conducted the research on the new variety for the past 10 years.

“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.

He said the new variety of guava would be officially released next year and the ministry would facilitate farmers with planting materials.

“The ministry is also going to organise training for extension officers and the growers so that they are fully aware of the production packages that are involved in the production of this high quality guava.”

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