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Treatment Plant Would Elevate Timber Quality: Naitaka

Nasoqo Investment Limited in Bua has plans to include a timber treatment plant for its sawmill. Indicating this interest was entrepreneur Luke Naitaka. He said this would elevate the quality
03 Jul 2017 10:00
Treatment Plant Would Elevate Timber Quality: Naitaka
Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Luke Naitaka and his wife Elenoa Naikata at their sawmill in Bua. Photo: Josaia Ralago.

Nasoqo Investment Limited in Bua has plans to include a timber treatment plant for its sawmill.

Indicating this interest was entrepreneur Luke Naitaka.

He said this would elevate the quality of the timber they made which would also provide a hike in the normal price they offered at the moment.

Nasoqo Investment Limited is the parent company for the Nasoqo Limited situated along the Labasa-Nabouwalu Highway in the Dama district.

The plant has already been purchased by the proprietors and all is left is its housing facility and other necessary equipment.

“There are plans to start construction by October this year, roughly giving it a year and half before construction is complete,” Mr Naitaka said.

The business was established at the end of 2015 and in its year and a half of existence, Mr Naitaka said there has been a positive feedback from the community, thus a need to raise the bar.

“This was first founded with the initiative to help address the rural urban drift and to create employment for people in the district,” Mr Naitaka said.

“And right now we are selling our timber at one of the lowest prices to other manufacturers and if we were to include this treatment plant then we would be able to sell the timber at a higher cost.”

He had indicated this with the hope of indicating funds for the project to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his most recent visit to the North.

Mr Bainimarama had advised them to send relevant documents.

“We are happy with his response as this means a lot to the company. The cost of this would amount up to about $80,000 – $100,000.”

Mr Naitaka and his wife Elenoa Naitaka are the directors of the company and they employ 15 people in the mill.

Edited by: Selita Bolanavanua

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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