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Ginger growing fast in overseas market

Ginger growing fast in overseas market
Commissioner Central Setareki Tale (garland) with the stakeholders and farmers at the Ginger Symposium on July 18, 2017 Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.
July 19
15:15 2017

 

Fiji Ginger possesses some of the best in terms of international standards.

Its quality presents an opportunity to expand local ginger production and capitalise on increasing demand.

Commisioner Central Setareki Tale while officiating at the Central Division’s first ginger symposium said  ginger is among the fastest growing commodities in international trade.

Since the 1950’s, Fiji has been exporting ginger and it became the second biggest agricultural export in 1980’s after Sugar.

“Ginger is seen to have a significantly greater growth advantage than any other of Fiji’s agricultural export commodities, but with the statistics that we have on hand, we now need to be looking at how we can fully realise the potential of the industry,” said Mr Tale.

“While the Fiji Ginger is considered good quality, further enhancing the quality of our Ginger, through research and development can increase the bargaining power of Ginger farmers and traders.”

Moreover, Government had recognised the potential of Ginger and its prospective for income and food security therefore, from no allocation at all in 2011; the Government now had allocated $1 million in the financial year 2017-2018.

Principal Agriculture officer for the central Division, Tepola Seniloli, said the budget allocation on Ginger indicate how Government has acknowledged the commitment of the farmers and that it would help the development of Ginger farming.

Ginger is the major commodity of the five provinces in the Central Division, Naitasiri, Tailevu Rewa, Serua and Namosi.

Commenting on the Symposium, Mrs Seniloli said this is another way of interacting and sharing ideas with the farmers and stakeholders.

Sharing experiences with regards to the Ginger value chain and considering ways to further grow the Ginger industry.

“This meet will bring the ginger farmers together along with stakeholders and this is where we create network,” she said.

There were about 60 participants at the symposium at Holiday Inn yesterday.

Ginger Production 2012-2016

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