• 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

    First Harvest of Heart of Palm at Hogamata

  • First Sale of Heart of Palm

    Trial sales program with the First Landing Resort, Vuda commenced

  • Cyclone Evan

    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

  • First Fruiting

    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

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