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Virgin Oil Talks For Lau

A stakeholders meeting is planned for the Eastern Division to discuss how best to facilitate Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) business in the division, including the Lau Group. This was revealed
06 May 2015 13:45
Virgin Oil Talks For Lau

A stakeholders meeting is planned for the Eastern Division to discuss how best to facilitate Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) business in the division, including the Lau Group.

This was revealed by the Divisional Commissioner, Luke Moroivalu, during the Lau Provincial Development Board meeting yesterday.

Questions on the inconsistency of available markets for and quality of the product were raised by members of the board.

Mr Moroivalu said they would have to invite the team and all relevant stakeholders to discuss all these issues.

“At this stage what has been suggested is that we need to call a stakeholders meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and all relevant stakeholders perhaps USP who can assist in carrying out tests and individuals who are already working on VCO’s as a business and are trying to market it,” he said.

He said they would see how best they could mechanise VCO machines to provide quality VCO’s for export.

Board member, food and nutrition scientist of the University of the South Pacific (USP), Dr Jimaima Lako, said to improve the status of the VCO, Lau needed mechanisation.

“Secretariat of the Pacific Community had collected various samples from different communities and they brought it to me to actually look at the data and I see microbiological contamination and high levels of water in the VCO,” she said.

She said one of the reasons why this was happening was that the equipment used were man-handled.

Another board member, former director extension division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fiwaki Waqalala said Government needed to identify consistent export markets.

“They keep saying there’s a lot of a market out there, if Government can intervene to assist in liaising with and identify outlet especially the export markets. Export markets need to clarify with us what the requirements are so we can programme ourselves,” Mr Waqalala said.

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