It is hoped that this book will be a useftil aid to farmers and extensionists in Pacific Island Countries as they strive to develop and diversify their rural economies. The authors extend their thanks to the many people without whose support this manual could not have been completed: From the Ministries of Agriculture in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, [MAFF&M Samoa]Tuisugaletaua Aveau, Faleupolu Tevita, Fililagi Toleafoa., [AHP Fiji] Ken Cokanasiga, Anand Sugrim, Aisea Batisaresare, [MAF Tonga] Haniteli Fa'anunu, Siosifa Fifita, To'ifalefehi Moala. Jean-Claude Lambert, Juan Carlos Chirgwin and Stephen Reynolds all from FAO Rome and Denis Hoffmann of FAO Bangkok for their editing of early drafts, helpful comments and encouragement Vili Fuavao FAO Sub-Regional Representative for the Pacific and his staff in Apia, particularly Owen Hughes and Lui Bell for their hospitality and assistance to the authors during their missions to Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. The many farmers whose views and experiences were so freely shared with the authors and special thanks to those pioneering farmers who willingly trialled and demonstrated the techniques outlined in this manual.

I acknowledge the excellent input of Chedly Kayouli and Rod Kennard and the assistance in early editing of the FAO staff members mentioned above. However any errors, omissions from, or additions to the original text are the responsibility of the editor. Any comments can be directed to the editor:

Stephen Lee

Brooklyn Valley

RD 3 Motueka

New Zealand

Ph/Fax [+64] 3 528 0476 email stevelee@ts

April 1998

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors alone and do not imply any opinion whatsoever on the part of the FAO.


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