10 Mar 2004

Niue banks on irrigation plan for food production

12:27 pm on 10 March 2004

Niue is hoping that its first large scale irrigation project will be the beginning of the island becoming self sufficient in food production.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has agreed to provide funding and advisors to get the system running.

Niue's High Commissioner to New Zealand, Hima Takelesi, says almost all agriculture on the island needs to be irrigated but this is made more difficult by the absence of surface water.

Mr Takelesi says for some time the government has wanted to look at a scheme to help Niue's production of fruit and vegetables.

"I think this is just the beginning but we hope we will, in time, be able to supply most of the vegetable that are required for the island."