The Introduction into Fiji of the Mucuna Bean
Teitei Taveuni introduced mucuna bean into Fiji.
Mucuna Bean (also known as Velvet Bean) is used as an important forage, fallow and green manure crop.
Since the plant is in the legume family it, with the help of nitrogen fixing bacteria, takes nitrogen from the air and combines it with other chemical compounds producing fertilizer and improving the soil. It is also often used for animal fodder.
Teitei Taveuni acquired beans from Tonga and distributed them among our members. Trials were conducted on various farms around Taveuni.