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Biosecurity Works To Enhance Our Fresh Ginger Export To Australia

Works are underway to improve and enhance the $12 million Fijian fresh ginger export pathway to Australia. The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is working with Australian Department of Agriculture
30 Jul 2016 07:56
Biosecurity Works To Enhance Our Fresh Ginger Export To Australia
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Works are underway to improve and enhance the $12 million Fijian fresh ginger export pathway to Australia.

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is working with Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on this.

The aim is to ensure that Fijian fresh ginger exported to Australia is pest free.

The Australian Authorities identified Quarantine pests of concern including the Yam Yam Scale (Aspidiellla hartii) and burrowing nematode (Radhophilis similis) which needs to be managed.

Last week, a team of Scientists from Queensland Department of Agriculture conducted experiments on the Fijian fresh ginger for Yam Scale (Aspidiellla hartii) and burrowing nematode (Radhophilis similis).

The team conducted a one week survey to check the disease/pest status of Fijian ginger farms and commercial ginger producing areas.

Samples/isolates of the Fijian fresh ginger have been taken to Australia for further experiments.

2009 to 2011 export earnings of the mature and immature ginger was around $6 million but it increased significantly to $12 million by 2015.

Fiji currently exports approximately 1200 tonnes of immature ginger and 400 tonnes of mature ginger internationally.

BAF executive chairman, Xavier Khan, said the increase in exports is potentially due to Fiji’s accomplishment to gain access into the Australian fresh ginger market in 2012.

He said securing the Australian market provided Fiji a great opportunity to further broaden its economic base apart from providing more employment opportunities for our farmers.

 

One of the best

Mr Khan said Fiji’s ginger is among the best.

“Fijian ginger is of high quality with a unique flavour and low plant fiber so we are confident that Australia has high interest in our product,” he said.

Fiji also exports processed ginger (ginger processed in sugar or brine and powered ginger) to Australia.

Mr Khan also expressed his gratitude towards the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market access (PHAMA) and the Australian Authorities in developing mitigation measures to meet expectation of the Australian export market.

Mr Khan highlighted BAF has recently put in a lot of effort into trade and facilitation and has been successful with many new markets up for our agricultural produce this year.

He said with collaboration from our neighbouring countries Fiji can greatly expand its export market.

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