Uvi Farmers Association in Fiji is planning to revive yam planting in the country especially in the outer islands, and the aim is to eventually have a partnership with the FMF Group of Companies to supply yams for chips and flour.
President of Uvi Farmers Association, Ratu Isireli Mokunitulevu says they are trying their best to distribute yam seedlings brought from Yasawa to revive the initiative.
Mokunitulevu says they will try to plant yam not only for family consumption and social obligations but to also take it to a semi-commercial or commercial scale.
He says if nothing is done, yam planting will die out due to consumption.
Meanwhile, Maika Bolatolu from the village of Keteira, Moala in Lau says they are looking forward to the result of the negotiation as this will boost their part in planting the crop as a source of their income.
Bolatolu says due to the challenges they face, they are happy that the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council has jumped on board in assisting them with yam seedlings.
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