Te Ngamata at his taro farm in Matavera is upbeat despite the impending increase in fertiliser prices sold by the Ministry of Agriculture. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU
Ministry of Agriculture has announced there will be an increase in the price of fertiliser they sell to local growers.
the ministry, Temarama Anguna-Kamana said: “The supply chain disruptions
resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and the impacts of the ongoing war in
Ukraine have contributed to a significant increase in world market prices of
key commodities such as grains, fertiliser, crude oil, and animal feeds, all of
which are critical inputs for the efficient and proper functioning of national
the rising prices and trends, particular in the Pa Enua, demonstrating the
heavy impact of the crisis not only on domestic prices but also on agriculture
and fisheries production costs.”
added the farming inputs brought in by the ministry have also been affected.
we advise that the price of fertiliser we sell has to be increased also.
this is a situation that is out of our control. We are exploring options
to reduce the negative impact this price increase will have on our
farmers by seeking support from our development partners for possible
taro farmer Te Ngamata, 60, said he expected the increase due to the impacts of
the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
time we, the farmers, also put something back to the ministry to help with
revenue. They bring the fertiliser and we buy it. We both benefit.”
Ngamata said they would welcome assistance or grants provided by the ministry
to help farmers with their production.
called on farmers to share their knowledge and skills about organic or natural fertilisers.
grower Louis Tauira of Tupapa said increases in the cost of fertiliser,
machineries and other expenses could “push farmers to stop planting”.
living in Rarotonga is expensive. As a taro grower there are other cost
involved being a farmer, you have employees to pay, cost to maintain equipment
and tools, freight and delivery, families to feed, etc,” Tauira said.
additional rise (of costs), in fear and concern it will force us farmers to
increase our crop sales (prices) and with this it could affect our sales.”
said when they started farming, they purchased fertiliser from the ministry but
over time they found another supplier.
“Being a taro
grower for many years, over time you find alternative ways and techniques and
secrets to planting.
require other grade fertilisers and some don’t, but it all comes down to how
you grow them.”
said good grade soil and quality fertiliser helps speed the process of the