7 Mar 2011

Taro farmers in Fiji focussing on improving quality

7:58 pm on 7 March 2011

Farmers across Fiji are being trained in how to improve the standard of their taro following concerns over its quality.

The Agricultural Marketing Authority says it is dealing with a major issue with inconsistency in its taro which is being exported to New Zealand, Australia and the United States, despite its quality requirements.

Its Chief Executive Officer Ilaisa Cavu says some buyers in New Zealand have complained from time to time.

He says teams from the Authority are now conducting pre and post harvest training to help farmers improve their taro quality.

"Reject levels from different areas of Fiji are different. We are trying to identify an acceptable reject level where it is perhaps will be at a minimum; you talk about other than just follow good husbandry practices, there's issues with drainage and so forth and just the technique of planting taro."

Ilaisa Cavu says the Agricultural Marketing Authority is hoping improvements in quality will help Fiji export taro to more markets.