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20 Tonnes Of Fresh Ginger Part Of Soft Launch Into Australia

A milestone has been reached for the economy of Fiji with the opening of the Australian market for fresh ginger exports. The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed 20 tonnes of
18 Sep 2014 00:53
20 Tonnes Of Fresh Ginger Part Of Soft Launch Into Australia

A milestone has been reached for the economy of Fiji with the opening of the Australian market for fresh ginger exports.

The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed 20 tonnes of mature ginger was prepared for exports.

Ministry of Agriculture’s Director of Extension, Unaisi Waibuta, said: “The Ministry intends to do a “soft” launch after the second consignment of fresh ginger export arrives in Australia to inform the Australian consumers about the Fijian ginger.”

Mrs Waibuta said this is a good opportunity for local farmers to get a better return for the ginger they plant.

She said the Ministry was working with the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji to ensure the strict import requirements laid out by Australia are met by our local exporters.

Mrs Waibuta said there is a protocol and pathway to adhere to, which starts from the farmer’s field to the exporters pack house.

The Ministry of Agriculture acknowledges the work done by the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Programme (PHAMA) in securing the Australia ginger market access for Fiji.

Ginger is already now a $12 million industry.

The opening of the fresh ginger market to Australia provides a great opportunity to further broaden Fiji’s economic base and also provide more employment opportunities for farmers.

The Ministry of Agriculture will also be supporting the planting of more ginger in the Province of Ra from next year for the production of quality ginger.

 

 

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