Hogamata Farm established
Hogamata Farm established as Fiji’s first nursery supplier of ‘advanced palms’
First Consignment of Peach Palm Seeds
First Consignment of Peach Palm Seeds brought from Ninole Plantation, Hawaii and germinated at Hogamata – germination occurred over a three month period (April to June) and the seedlings were planted out into plastic potting bags
100 Peach Palm Seedlings Planted Out
100 Peach Palm Seedlings Planted Out at the prospective fruit and seed orchard at Hogamata
800 Peach Palm Seedlings Planted Out
800 Peach Palm Seedlings Planted Out at Hogamata as the Heart of Palm production pilot project
Second consignment of Peach Palm Seeds
Second consignment of Peach Palm Seeds brought from Ninole Plantation, Hawaii and germinated at Hogamata
First Harvest of Heart of Palm at Hogamata
First Sale of Heart of Palm
Trial sales program with the First Landing Resort, Vuda commenced
All harvestable or near harvestable palms destroyed 🙁
3,200 Peach Palm Seedlings Planted Out
3,200 Peach Palm Seedlings Planted Out in the Pacific Heart of Palm production unit, bringing the total to nearly 4,000
Drip irrigation Installed
A gravity fed drip irrigation system from Hogamata Farm’s freshwater spring was installed, anticipating part time use for 3-4 months a year
Two Peach Palms in the seed orchard fruited for the first time at 3 years after planting out
Commercial Sales Commence
Pacific Heart of Palm sales to Fiji’s fine dining restaurants in leading 5 Star Resorts commence
HACCP Facility constructed
HACCP Facility constructed at Hogamata Farm (Hazard analysis and critical control points)
First 16 Fiji Grown Seedlings given to the Ministry of Agriculture
First 16 Fiji Grown Seedlings given to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nacocolevu Research Station to start the Government’s own planting
El Nino Drought affects Fiji
Hogamata Farm spring continues to irrigate the Heart of Palm
First Hogamata Grown Plantings
Nearly 500 seedlings from the Hogamata Peach Palm Orchard planted out.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston
All harvestable or near harvestable palms and the fruit crop destroyed 🙁
Full Heart of Palm Production Resumes
Full Heart of Palm Production Resumes together with the launch of the Pacific Heart of Palm website
Who is Pacific Heart of Palm?
Pacific Heart of Palm is grown at Hogamata farm at Lokia, Sigatoka Valley which is Fiji’s only cultivator of Pejibaye or the Peach Palm Bactris gasipaes, a suckering palm which enables sustainable harvesting from the same plant.
The farm has over 4,000 bearing palms, 100 of which are separately cultivated as an orchard for fruit and seed production.
Poultry manure, high quality compost, the recycling of all harvest debris and an organic fertilizer provide the crop nutrients.
These together with gravity-fed drip-irrigation from our own spring and the non-destructive harvesting technique provide for a sustainable and advanced agro-ecological cultivation system.
How did we start?
Environment Consultants Fiji, Dick’s consultancy company, started operating a pilot project to cultivate Peach Palm at Lokia in association with NatureFiji-MareqetiViti – Fiji’s foremost local biodiversity conservation organization in March 2010.
The Peach Palm introduction from Hawaii is an element of the Species Recovery Plan for Fiji’s endemic and endangered Fiji Sago Palm. A palm which is threatened by unsustainable harvesting of wild stands for its heart of palm – called Seko, and thatch. The Recovery Plan has been endorsed by Fiji Government’s Departments of Environment, Agriculture and Forestry and by the Namosi-Serua Provincial Offices.
Commercial sale of Seko now requires a permit, and the intention was to find a source of ‘heart of palm from a species which could be sustainably grown and harvested. The Fiji Sago Palm is now a protected species under the Endangered and Protected Species Act 2002, and its commercial harvesting is prohibited.
Peach Palm seedlings from the Hogamata Farm project have been provided to Nacocolevu Research Station to enable the Agriculture Dept to propagate its own seeds for distribution to farmers and villagers who formerly harvested ‘Seko’, and to others who are interested in it.
Heart of Palm Pilot Project with Pejibaye or Peach Palm Bactris gasipaes