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Rabi Women Seek New Markets For Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil

Rabi Women Seek New Markets For Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (left) with Banaban virgin coconut oil factory operations manager Terikano Takesau during the minister’s visit to the factory on Rabi Island on August 1, 2018 Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
August 09
11:14 2018

number of women on Rabi Island are looking for new markets to sell the virgin oil produced in a factory on the island.

The women were prompted by the success of the Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Project in Nuku, Rabi Island.

They will now run the project, as they search for new markets, while providing more employment opportunities for the women and youths on the island.

The Banaban virgin coconut oil factory, which is run and managed by the island’s women’s association, produces and sells pure virgin coconut oil and its by-products.

Since its establishment in July 2014, the factory has been producing around 300 litres of virgin coconut oil a month.

The numbers vary, however, with production sometimes falling short of the target.

With no secure market, the women say they have been making money from selling on the roadside.

The women work with the Integrated Human Resources Development Programme (IHRDP) under the Commissioner Northern’s office.

The association’s operations manager Terikano Takesau said with a factory expansion and upgrade, they aim to increase their production by the end of the year.

Ms Takesau said their main objectives were to produce quality virgin coconut oil and coconut by-products and supply the products to various markets.

“We work on a target of a monthly production of 4,000 kilograms of coconuts and that will give us about 500 litres of virgin coconut oil,” she said.

“That 500 litres of virgin coconut oil, times it by $20 a litter that will give us $10,000 a month.”



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