18 Jul 2006

Fiji pineapple growers encouraged to further market product

7:37 am on 18 July 2006

Fiji farmers have been encouraged to seek assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture in order to develop their market.

The Fiji Times reports that the Ministry's agriculture officer for Macuata, Binesh Shukul says that there is a huge potential for growing pineapples in Vanua Levu due to the availability of land and manpower.

He says the soil type and climate in Macuata is also favourable.

Mr Shukul says pineapples were currently grown by at least 130 farmers in Macuata West and part of Bua in Nasarawaqa.

He says recently a New Zealand investor showed interest in venturing into marketing of Fiji pineapples.

Mr Shukul says they will become a popular export commodity in the future.