A PIFON MTCP2 funded scoping study tour of the Spices of Fiji in Wainadoi (on the island of Viti Levu) was conducted by four farmers from Tei Tei Taveuni (TTT) and three from Tutu Rural Training Centre (TRTC) led by Alan Petersen TTT’s Chairman, to investigate the possibility of farming spices on Taveuni as a means of complimenting their present commercial crops of taro (dalo) and yaqona (kava)
TTT and TRTC is located on Fiji’s third largest island, Taveuni, producing 60 – 70% of Fiji’s taro for export and is the National Implementing Agency for the MTCP 2 programme in Fiji. Spices of Fiji is a 90 hectare paradise of jungle, waterfalls, streams and rivers and The unique Organic Spice gardens of Fiji, situated 22km West of and only a 20 minute drive from the capital city, Suva.
Following the exchange visit and discussions between TTT and Spices of Fiji owners, it was agreed to establish pilot spice sites on Taveuni for Cardamom, Vanilla, Nutmeg and Pepper. TTT will be facilitating these trial sites with its members and Spices of Fiji. The 5 trial sites will be at Delaivuna , Tutu and Naselesele.
An LOA between the two parties will be drawn up to seal this agreement.