20 Sep 2017

Vanuatu govt assists in harvest of 40 tonnes of potatoes

9:37 am on 20 September 2017

Vanuatu's Minister of Agriculture Matai Seremaiah has helped potato farmers on Tanna island to harvest about 40 tonnes of organic potatoes.

He also provided a ship to cart the spuds to Port Vila where the government's Cooperatives Department can sell them in the local market.

Agriculture Minister, Matai Seremaiah

Agriculture Minister, Matai Seremaiah Photo: Vanuatu Govt

Our correspondent said farmers were happy to get payment for their potatoes from a government agency for the first time.

The government wants to encourage the farmers to grow more potatoes, carrots and onions to reduce a reliance on imports and to export their crops.

The minister said while Vanuatu couldn't compete with major growers overseas, its marketing strategy would rely on its products being organic.