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More Markets Wanted For Virgin Coconut Oil

Government intends to identify more coconut plantations for the Virgin Coconut Oil [VCO] market. Last week, extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture met potential investors to discuss the markets.
02 Feb 2015 12:45
More Markets Wanted For Virgin Coconut Oil

Government intends to identify more coconut plantations for the Virgin Coconut Oil [VCO] market.

Last week, extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture met potential investors to discuss the markets.

The Ministry’s principal agriculture officer [Eastern] Epeli Dugucagi said: “Expressions of interest have been received from Australia and the United States of America [USA] for organic VCO. We are at the possibility of linking the islands of Rotuma and Cicia to these investors to develop their market value chain.”

Farmers are urged to approach the Ministry for advice on how to access assistance from Government.

“We better start with the replanting programme now to avoid any disappointment in the future with the increasing demand.

“There are a lot of interest also in Drumstick, Tavola, Vutu and other local seasonal nut for oil extraction.”

Ocean Soaps Limited general manager Chetan Punja is looking forward to help move the industry forward.

“Our aim is to create a network for all the organic supplies and with that we want to take it to other markets such as Australia and many others.

“We are keen to add value to the Agriculture produce and also to take it offshore for export purposes,” Mr Punja said.




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