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Authority exports uto, ivi, bele, kai

The Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) will export its first consignment of assorted commodities this Friday. Executive chairman for AMA Setareki Tale confirmed this during an interview yesterday. These commodities include
07 Mar 2017 11:00
Authority exports uto, ivi, bele, kai
Minister for National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu

The Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) will export its first consignment of assorted commodities this Friday.

Executive chairman for AMA Setareki Tale confirmed this during an interview yesterday.

These commodities include uto (breadfruit), ivi (chestnut), bele and kai (freshwater mussels).

Mr Tale said those commodities, including current exported goods such as taro, cassava, would be exported to Fiji’s traditional markets.

Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu, during the opening of the AMA office last week, said the identification of new products such as the assorted commodities would mitigate losses and provide added income to the rural farming communities.

“AMA back then was trading only on a limited number of commodities, primarily taro, cassava, honey, occasionally seaweed and there wasn’t much room to manoeuvre in order to get out of the tight financial situation,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“This in my view is a smart move to dissipate the recurring saturation problem of major commodities such as taro and cassava in the export markets,” he said. 

He said over the past few years, the agriculture sector had been growing rapidly and there were developments that the Government wanted to further explore.

“Now the challenge for AMA is making sure that it remains competitive and relevant in order to take advantage of business opportunities and also respond to the changing needs of the market and clients.

“My interest on behalf of Government is to see that AMA meets its major obligations of serving the mostly rural-based farmers that depend on agriculture production for a living,” he said.

Mr Seruiratu, while also launching a new boat, said: “This will extend the reach of the AMA to communities that previously had very limited or had been denied access to markets.”

Edited by: Ivamere Nataro

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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