ROC’s TTM promotes high value ‘Dragon Fruit’ to farmers

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A workshop aimed at promoting a high value crop Hylocereus cactus known as ‘Dragon Fruit’ has been conducted at the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) farm today.

Over 40 farmers around the Henderson area, Burns Creek, Don Bosco and Tetere participated in the workshop.

The one-day workshop involve a theory session in the morning and a practical session in the afternoon.

The White Pulp Dragon Fruit variety was put on display today for farmers

Chief of the TTM who facilitated the training Mars Shiue says ‘Dragon Fruit’ is a high value fruit that was introduced to the Solomon Islands farmers some 10 years ago.

“As of today, from the farmers who attended the workshop, only two still grow the plant.

“Now that the TTM farm has started diversifying vegetables in its programs, we’ve decided to promote this crop to farmers,” Mr Shiue says.

He says ‘Dragon Fruit’ is a high value crop because while it is rich in nutrients, it is costly in terms of market price.

Dragon fruit grows on the Hylocereus cactus, also known as the Honolulu Queen, whose flowers only open at night.

The White Pulp Dragon Fruit variety was put on display today for farmers

The plant is native to southern Mexico and Central America. Today, it is grown all over the world.

The two most common types have bright, red skin with green scales that resemble a dragon — hence the name.

The variety that’s most widely available has white pulp with black seeds. The less common variety has red pulp with black seeds.

The red and white varieties are being grown at the Taiwan Technical Mission farm at King George.

The workshop is part of the Republic of China/Taiwan’s support to farmers under the ‘Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Project’.

ROC/Taiwan has supported the Solomon Islands on all fronts, from Health to Education and in various areas under its long standing and firm bilateral relations with the Solomon Islands.

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