Fiji launches new hybrid coconut variety

This week, an early fruit-bearing coconut variety was presented by the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture; the newly-released Mua hybrid coconut variety was released by Minister Mahendra Reddy at the Ministry’s Mua Research Station in Taveuni.

Reddy said the release of this new variety was a remarkable achievement for the Ministry, as the project was constantly affected by natural disasters, taking a toll on the trial area.

He expanded on the project, saying: “This will do great service in terms of supporting farmers and exporters to quickly get the supply of larger volumes of coconut within a shorter period of time, and this Mua variety has been tested to do just that, as compared to the Fiji Tall variety. It also has a reasonably long period of production, 40 years or so, which isn’t that bad when compared to the Fiji Tall variety.”


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