Helen David is one of the Tahitian lime farmer at Pangpang village who started planting Tahitian limes since 2019 after a Tahitian lime awareness conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

As a market vender who decided to travel abroad, farmer David has experienced commercial farm work on cucumber farming in Australia under the Seasonal Work Program (SWP) in 2018.

With the knowledge, skills and experience obtained abroad, farmer David decided to invest her skills, knowledge and experience in doing farming as a business.

When the DARD Team visited her farm this week, farmer David has over 100 Tahitian lime plants at her farm and still planting to extending her farm to 1 hectare.

“Planting Tahitian lime is a very easy work for us women. I started with just 40 plants but today, I have planted over 100 Tahitian lime plants in my farm. I also do grafting of citrus including Tahitian lime.

“The DARD has assisted me with the first plot but when I was abroad, most of the plants were unable to survive so I strongly believe that working for myself, managing my own farm is much better than travelling overseas and working for somebody else.”

Farmer David says she has huge interest in farming Tahitian lime as a specific crop that she believes will financial benefit her and her families in the future.

“I employ people in my community to assist me with the work at the farm so managing my own farm makes me happy and I have assurance for a better future for my children.

“Tahitian lime has a huge demand not only in overseas market but domestic market as well.

I usually earn up to over VT 50,000 a month just by selling Tahitian limes.

Female farmer Helen David concluded

“Planting Tahitian limes is a good investment for us women to earn income as it does not require much work like digging taro or harvesting other crops to sell at the market outlets in Port Vila.

“Tahitian lime is a marketable crop that has a high demand as many consumers, hotels and restaurants need them so I encourage other female farmers who are thinking of venturing into planting Tahitian lime to pursue their interest and they will reap a good harvest in the future.”