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The Introduction into Fiji of Mucuna Bean

Mucuna bean trial at Vunivasa, Fiji
A mucuna bean field trial at Vunivasa Estate in the north of Taveuni

With the fertilizer bean, cowardly land becomes brave.

— Teodoro Reyes, Honduras

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.

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