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Ginger export to Australia back on

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) this week issued the import conditions for fresh ginger from Fiji, officially giving the green light to the Australian ginger importers
16 Aug 2014 17:59

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) this week issued the import conditions for fresh ginger from Fiji, officially giving the green light to the Australian ginger importers to begin trade with Fiji.

The import conditions for fresh ginger from Fiji outlines the quarantine requirements that the Australian importers/Fiji exporters need to comply with when importing fresh ginger from Fiji. These include an import permit, approved commodity system approach, certification from BAF, mandatory treatment requirements, packaging and labelling details and inspections.

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan described this as a feat for Fiji, adding that everyone should be proud of this achievement as Fiji will be the first country to export fresh ginger to Australia.

According to Mr Khan, the fresh ginger trade with Australia will not only bring substantial benefits to large numbers of farming communities and their families, but will also boost Fiji’s ginger exports and bring in more foreign exchange into the country.

“Fiji currently exports more than $6million worth of ginger annually and this additional market will boost the export earnings further providing a significant trade benefit,” Mr Khan said.

“Fiji’s ginger is of high quality with a unique flavour and is low in plant fibre so we are confident that it will gain wide acceptance in the Australian market.’’

Mr Khan said BAF had been working hard with the Ministry of Agriculture and stakeholders from the local ginger industry to meet the operational protocol quarantine requirements outlined by the Australian Department of Agriculture for exporting fresh ginger from Fiji. Biosecurity Authority Of Fiji

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