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Fresh Ginger Export To Australia Resumes After Three Years

Fresh Ginger Export To Australia Resumes After Three Years
Harvested fresh ginger rhizomes
August 23
13:07 2018

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has ensured that Fiji’s fresh ginger export sector makes a grand comeback.

And this has led to the resumption of fresh ginger exports to Australia after a lapse of three years.

Fresh ginger is a speciality produce. Fijian grown ginger has made for itself niche markets overseas attracting good prices for local exporters and the growers.

BAF under its mandate as a competent authority in facilitating the trade of agricultural products was determined to work with the stakeholders to see that fresh ginger makes an imposing re-entry into the Australian market.

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Sai Yee Foods Industries Ltd of Lami certainly made a good lead in tapping into the Australian fresh ginger market again which seemed to have drawn its gates for fresh Fijian ginger a few years ago.

Sai Yee Foods Industries Ltd exported 1500 kilogrammes (1.5 tonnes) of fresh ginger in the first week of August followed by 500 kilogrammes (0.5 tonnes) in the third week to benchmark an impressive two tonnes as part of the recommencement of Fijian fresh ginger exports to Australia.

BAF chief executive officer Hillary Kumwenda expressed delight and commended the exporter and BAF officers who tirelessly worked round the clock by ensuring that all phytosanitary requirements for the initial all-important consignments were adequately met.

“Due to the lapse of three years, a lot of work behind the scenes were undertaken by the BAF and the Ministry of Agriculture team,” Mr Kumwenda said.

“BAF team was always on hand to guide and train the exporter’s quality controllers which also contributed greatly to this achievement.

“We deployed additional resources to make sure our officers, as well as the exporter’s staff, were familiarised with the fresh ginger export pathway requirements and the rigid inspection processes.”

He went onto say that BAF will always remain committed to contribute towards the Government’s agriculture development and safe-trade agenda.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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