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Agriculture ministry keen to develop Fiji’s dalo industry

The Ministry of Agriculture together with its key stakeholders is keen to further develop Fiji’s dalo industry. The Principal Economic Planning Officer Agriculture Trade, Mr. Pauliasi Tuilau said the Ministry is currently focused on improving the dalo industry through a collaborative effort with industry players and key stakeholders. TUILAU: “Dalo is one of the commodities […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 20, 2016 12:15 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture together with its key stakeholders is keen to further develop Fiji’s dalo industry.

Dalo plants in a farm. (Nutrition facts)
Dalo plants in a farm. (Nutrition facts)

The Principal Economic Planning Officer Agriculture Trade, Mr. Pauliasi Tuilau said the Ministry is currently focused on improving the dalo industry through a collaborative effort with industry players and key stakeholders.

TUILAU: “Dalo is one of the commodities that we are focusing on to be developed at the industry level and there are a lot of issues which need to be addressed.”

“For the Ministry to develop the industry we need to address the issues constructively and specifically identify crucial needs in the supply and value chain that are faced by the stakeholders especially the exporters as they are the key people who are moving the exports into the level that we want them to progress in.”

Mr. Tuilau said that they have organized a meeting with the stakeholders to hear the issues being faced to the ways to address the issues.

Mr. Tuilau added that some of the issues that are faced include the inconsistent supply of dalo and this can be solved by a better coordination of planting programs for farmers.

TUILAU: “We are working with the Secretariat of Pacific Community on post-harvest management techniques to reduce post-harvest losses, which is very high at the moment.”

“One of the capital programs is dalo and we are now in the process of designing our dalo development program for the next financial year.

Mr. Tuilau said the Ministry of Agriculture is in the process of finalizing its capital programs for the next financial year.

“We have a task force where Extension Officers are involved, they will visit farms and provide timely technical advises for farmers.

Mr. Tuilau said farmers need to be consistent in terms of supply and the quality of dalo. He said the quality of dalo is an important factor that needs to be maintained in the export market.

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