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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Posted 6:24 PM by Luigi
Vanuatu root crop production up
By The Independent
Posted Sunday, January 30, 2005
Over the past four years since the launching of "yia blong aelan kakae" in 2001 the chamber of commerce has reported significant growth in root crop production.
In 2002 the quantity of root crops recorded from small scale commercial farming and export of agricultural products totalled 148 tons, which equalled VT19 million. In 2004 the tonnage tripled to 411 tons, to the value of VT82 million.
This indicated a very positive results with existing prospects in years ahead for further growth and expansion in selected food crops such as casava, dry land taro, taro Fiji and yams.
The encouraging sign was the new stream of income with direct benefits now reaching farmers through the sale of their produce.
Behind the root crop production increase is a lot of time and effort spent on various program activities jointly undertaken by the chamber of commerce and the department of agriculture over the years. This involved farmers' field day training programs conducted monthly, the publication of relevant technical handbooks, radio and TV programs, production promotions through the agriculture and trade show, liaison with processors and exporters and overseas importers, provinces and farmers.
Three of the biggest contributors to this increase in production of root crops and agricultural products are Jubilee Farm and export company Lacalex Ltd, both in Santo, and Vanuatu Fresh in Port Vila, a processor and exporter.
According to estimates the yield for 2005 could double that of 2004 after the Business Forum set specific targets of 3000 tons for taro, 1000 tons for casava and 1000 tons for yams. The national program activities now being designed aim to achieve these targets by 2007, hopefully generating an estimated return of more than VT1 billion in foreign exchange earnings.
Priority also took into consideration production to meet local demand for root crops and depended largely on educating farmers to think on both levels.
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