Farmers encouraged to grow potatoes
THE Ministry of Agriculture is encouraging local farmers to grow and produce potatoes locally to reduce potato imports, a statement released by the Department of Information reports.
Principal Research Officer Horticulture Shalendra Prasad, said farmers in the Sigatoka Valley had started farming.
He said the potato planting season began in May.
“We have imported 33 tonnes of potato seeds this season and the planting of potatoes has already started in the western division with the seedlings valued at $97,000,” Mr Prasad said.
“The seeds were bought from Australia and the farmers have been given an opportunity to plant potatoes in this season. Currently the Ministry is distributing free seeds to the farmers, so they do not have to pay,” Mr Prasad said.
According to the statement, Mr Prasad anticipates a good harvest this season with a total production of 80 acres of potatoes all throughout Viti Levu and Vanualevu.
Source fijitimes Tuesday, May 31, 2016