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Title: Continuing Role of Aroids in the Root Crop-Based Cropping System of Tonga 
Author: Pole, Finau S.
Date: 1993-01
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Pole FS. 1993. Continuing role of aroids in the root crop-based cropping system of Tonga. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 11-14.
Abstract: For many generations, taro, together with other root crops, has been a major component of the traditional cropping system in Tonga and is its most important staple. The increasing problem of land shortage has resulted in a gradual change in the traditional cropping system, reducing the bush fallow to a minimum and replacing
some root crops with vegetables.
Susceptibility to drought has recently caused a marked decrease in taro production. In addition, the introduction of more attractive short-term cash crops has slowly caused taro to be replaced in their cropping system. This paper discusses the continuing important roles of taro either in a root crop based multiple cropping system or as a possible cash monocrop.
Series/Report No.: Research Extension Series
Pages/Duration: 4 pages
ISSN: 0271-9916
Keywords: Colocasia esculenta, cropping systems, taro, Tonga, traditional farming

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