My heart sank when I saw these pictures from home a week ago. A cousin (the one kneeling beside the tree trunk) and another relative (with the spade), literally digging up a huge tree trunk with shovels and their bare hands in their desperate efforts to create at least a dirt road leading up from the coast to several villages inland where there is a secondary school, a dispensary project, and where several thousand taro plants have been grown ready for the export market.

Why did they plant such a big quantity of taro? Because they were advised by the guys at the exports gateway that there are markets overseas. So they planted. These are born and bred farmers. They talk, breath and think agriculture everyday. Farming runs through their blood and veins. They grow some of the best variety of export taros in the entire country, and our agriculturalists know that perfectly well.

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