65.6 Kg Yam wins com­pe­ti­tion

‘It is one of the most im­por­tant foods for the peo­ple of Ro­tuma’

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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

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

Vin­cent Taito with his 65.6kg yam.

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