65.6 Kg Yam wins competition
‘It is one of the most important foods for the people of Rotuma’
Agriculture sectors were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston but, it did not stop Vincent Taito from planting yams.
The 32-year-old is the winner for growing the heaviest yam during the yam competition as part of their Rotuma Day celebration yesterday. His yam weighted 65.6kg. “This was the first time I have planted yams and participated in the yam competition.
“I am feeling so excited to win this competition,” he said.
Mr Taito is originally from Pepjei in Rotuma and has been residing in Valelevu for the last 10 years. He planted his yams in his uncle’s farm in Vuci Road, Nausori. “Yam is one of the most important foods for the people of Rotuma. “Our ancestors used to plant yams and it has been passed from one generation to another,” he said. Mr Taito said yam competition has always been part of our traditional and Rotuma Day celebration. “This year Tropical Cyclone Winston has done a lot of devastation to the agricultural sector but, I took good care of my yams. “This competition also encourages youths to get involve into farming,” he said. Mr Taito said he would participate in the yam competition again next year. Edited by Paula Tuvuki
Vincent Taito with his 65.6kg yam.