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Aust Ginger Export Ready

Aust Ginger Export Ready
Stakeholders with workshop participants holding their certificates. Photo: Ministry of Fisheries
September 13
11:06 2014

Fiji’s first consignment of fresh matured ginger into the Australian market is expected to be exported out of Fiji tomorrow.

The Australian Government had granted access for ginger exports from Fiji in February with subsequent release of import conditions for in August.

These consignments are expected to be of high quality and which meets Australian standards.

Principal Agriculture Officer central, Tepola Seniloli, said: “We are so excited that the Australian market had opened up and we have done our auditing.”

Ms Seniloli said Turners & Growers and Sai Yee Foods Industries Limited in Wailada, Lami, are buying ginger locally and exporting it into the Australian market.

Ginger is being supplied to these companies by Joe Seduadua from Tailevu and Ranadi Plantation in Pacific Harbour who have had to follow certain strict guidelines laid down by Australia.

“If these farmers follow the Australian pathway, it will be good for them in terms of entering any other markets. We have heard now that South African market has also opened up.”

Price per tonne

Ms Seniloli highlighted this year the price of ginger had gone up to $950 a tonne compared to the past year where it was $900.

“Turners & Growers is marketing ginger from Ranadi Plantation. The beauty of Ranadi Plantation is it’s the first time for them to be involved in ginger farming on a 12-acre land,” she said.

“They are a good example of one that listens and does what the Ministry of Agriculture advices and they obey organic practices.

Sai Yee Foods prepares

Sai Yee Food, general manager, Ken Yee said they would be exporting the first batch of matured ginger tomorrow to Australia after which they will wait for the outcome for the next shipment to be made.

She further added farmers must ensure proper land preparation, proper drainage and that the seeds are treated.

“For instance, last year we bought seed materials at $1.20 now its $1.50 so there is a wide opening out there for farmers,” she said.

“However, ginger is a sensitive crop especially in the Central Division with the wet weather.

“If there’s improper drainage, seeds are not treated well. If you have long wet weather, the next thing comes rotting and it goes to waste and you lose out and that’s what happened last year.”

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