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Agriculture Show opens in Lautoka

August 06
09:54 2012

Paul Tuiwawa of the Department of Forestry sets up their booth yesterday for the Agriculture Show at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

By JESSAN DOTON

The Crest Fiji Agriculture Show – in its third year – opens today in the West for the first time.
It will be held at Churchill Park in Lautoka. And it is much more than vegetables and fruit on show.
Example: Participating for the second year is the Ministry of Forests’ Wood Waste Project which aims to bring affordable, durable local furniture to those in the division.
Aside from this, it intends to deliver on the goals of such expositions for the sector and the country by providing an additional career pathway for young men and women.
Project manager, Paul Tuiwawa, explained the innovative project, which essentially takes significant amounts of waste wood from trees that have been felled and utilise them to produce durable, affordable furniture for commercial, Government and private spheres.
“When trees are felled by logging companies, about 60 per cent of it is left over and unutilised. We take these cast-offs and turn them into durable mahogany furniture which in other places, would cost exorbitant amounts to purchase,” Mr Tuiwawa said.
“In the first year, we were given $100,000 by the Government. This year this has been increased to $200,000. Participation in the Agriculture Show is important for the work that we do and this project, because more than anything, we get mileage, awareness and word gets out about this product.”
The Crest Agriculture Show runs throughout the week from August 6-11

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