New manual: Technical information store for dalo farmers

This week, the Australia and New Zealand government-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program, launched a new Taro Quality Manual in Naitasiri. Picture: SUPPLIED

A NEW manual is set to provide a one stop shop of technical information for dalo farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture stakeholders to better equip themselves with information and advice needed to advance in the dalo industry at domestic, regional and international levels.

The Fiji Dalo Quality Manual was released this week and highlights best practices of growing the finest product with quality that is maintained along the value chain, for both domestic and export markets.

According to the manual, dalo plays an important role in the agriculture sector’s contribution to Fiji’s economy as the largest agriculture export commodity after sugar.

It says since 2015, the volume of dalo exported continued to increase at annual average rate of 0.2 per cent and in 2017, total dalo export earning was about $F22 million whereby 42 per cent were from the New Zealand market.

Prepared, printed and distributed with assistance from the Australian and New Zealand governments through the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) program, the manual will allow the Ministry of Agriculture stakeholders to better equip themselves with information and advice needed to advance in the dalo industry at domestic, regional and international levels.

It provides guidelines and opportunities that elevates our reputation as quality dalo producers and suppliers.

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