Friday, 30 January 2009 12:31 PM

Training to Boost Sweet Potato Productions

Solomon Islands is expected to make a good market out of the sweet potato farm training that has started in the country this week.

Speaking to Solomon Times, the Local Coordinator of International Potato Center, Lawrence Atu, said that there are currently two different varieties of potato that they are experimenting on.

Mr. Atu stated that the plants were processed and cleaned in the United States of America, Australia and Fiji.

"But we have our plants cleaned out in Fiji because it is much cheaper there."

He said that the Farmer Field School has already had a screen-house built behind of the Don Bosco RTC area.

He told Solomon Times that farmers will experience the growth of the experiment in the screen-house.

"This will take a period of five months for the potato's growing process before harvesting".

He said farmers attending the training will gain much experience for future purpose.

Mr. Atu stated that the sweet potato project started in 2007 and it is a four year project which will finish in 2010.

He welcomes any further support from the government towards the extension of the FFFS project.

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