We had conducted a survey on a smallholder enterprise known as Island Express Company in Nausori which exports taro to New Zealand. The company director is Mr. Viliame Naqelevuki
Date Established: 01/10/2010
Members/farmers involved: Namosi, Naitasiri, Taveuni, Bua, Savusavu farmers and farmers in the Central Division.
|Figure 2: Women cleaning the taro|
|Figure 3: Men packing the taro|
Average size of farming enterprise: Island Express does not look at the size of the farming enterprise but the availability of taro. Whichever farmer has taro ready to harvest the company goes to buy from them.
At the moment supply is low whilst demand is high. This has also affected the size of the taro.
|Figure 4: Farmer supplying taro to the buyers|
The term ICT in my own understanding would mean: “Gathering and dissemination of information’s and communications of individuals through internet i.e. emails, blogs, skype, video conferencing, television, radio, media advertisement, posters, newspapers, pamphlets and mobile phones, etc.
The main phases of the agricultural enterprise:
ICT is needed to manage an agricultural enterprise efficiently and it is important that the information’s and knowledge gathered is accurate or complete in order to deliver good decision makings.
Information’s about the agricultural enterprise’s task/functions and schedules of mentioned phases are disseminated to the farmers in means of traditional methods i.e. Newspapers, pamphlets, posters, radios and television etc. This normally takes a longer time for information to reach the farmers hence verbal communication, phone calls and use of internet via emails are used as it is more efficient than the traditional methods.
We should also bear in mind that a mobile phone has features such as a camera on phone. Farmers would be able to capture photos of pest and disease from the field with much finer resolution and then refer to Research organizations such as Biosecurity, SPC, etc. for identification and verification. This would assist in answering to the queries of farmers; hence enhancing their knowledge on the new found pests and diseases on their farm.
|Figure 6: Taro being transported to pick up point|
|Figure 7: Taro packed in container|