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Two Nadi Companies Benefit From Combined SPC-EU Assistance

Two Nadi Companies Benefit From Combined SPC-EU Assistance
Aman Singh, owner of Aman’s Marketing, (right) with Jonathan Landry, Pacific Community-Eurpean Union project manager at the handover of a new cool storage facility in Nadi on October 2,2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
October 03
11:42 2018

Two Nadi companies who supply fruit and vegetables to hotels and resorts have benefitted from assistance from the European Union and the Pacific Community (SPC).

SPC yesterday handed over a new cold room facility to produce supplier Aman’s Marketing.

Another supplier, Farmboy, also received assistance.

With it, Farmboy was able to upgrade their operations through the resurfacing of its processing room floor, installation of air conditioning and upgrading their freezer and cold room storage, and the provision of stainless steel tables to inspect and sort produce.

The intention behind the assistance is to ensure the tourism and retail sectors around Fiji will have greater access to more varieties of fresh produce thanks to the construction of a new cold room.

In a 70-30 per cent arrangement, the SPC-EU provided $22,680 for the project while Aman’s Marketing contributed $9,720 with $32,400 being the total cost.

Farmboy’s project cost $53,247 with the company providing $18,284 and SPC-EU contributing $34,963.

Aman’s Marketing will now improve its handling and storage of pineapple and watermelon.

It has also enabled the company to expand its supply to the tourism and retail sectors.

The assistance was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC)

“The European Union is proud to have supported the project which has been assisting farmers,” Emmanuelle Guiheneuf, head of economic co-operation and agriculture section of the delegation of the EU for the Pacific said.

“This is particularly for horticulture and food crop growers, to upgrade their export product processing and marketing infrastructure.

“This has not only facilitated new market opportunities for horticultural products but also contributed toward import substitution.

“We hope that other traders will be encouraged to improve their farm infrastructure, attain international quality standards accreditation, rapidly expand their customer base and increase profitability.”

Patricia Sachs-Cornish, SPC’s Chief Advisor said: “This will contribute to improving the livelihoods of sugarcane dependent populations, increase income and reduce poverty.”




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