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Anitioki Coconut Oil Factory

Nothing compares to hard work in a competitive business world. This was the gist of Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama’s message to Anitioki villagers in Tailevu yesterday while opening the Anitioki
23 Aug 2017 11:54
Anitioki Coconut Oil Factory
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the villagers and Government officials. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

Nothing compares to hard work in a competitive business world.

This was the gist of Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama’s message to Anitioki villagers in Tailevu yesterday while opening the Anitioki Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Factory.

“This is your door to the business world,” said Mr Bainimarama.

He added that Fijians need to work together for the development of our country in contributing to the economy.

He advised the villagers to work hard and be part of the competitive business world.

With the potential and availability of resources, Fijians need to take advantage of Government grants and its opportunities, he said.

There are hopes that the new Virgin oil factory would help in boosting the economy.

Project manager Seli Scutts said the idea of starting the business was established by his late grandfather.

Mrs Scutts resides in Auckland and along with his husband, they decided to go back to the village and make use of their resources. They have over 100 acres of copra plantation.

Ms Scutts has three operating businesses in Auckland and she thought of coming home and use her business ideas here.

She believes that business would provide employment to the community and ultimately contribute to the economy.

She is hoping to start with producing 150 litres per month.

“I want this product to be something exclusive and unique.”

Once the virgin oil business runs well, Mrs Scutts is looking at using the bi-products to produce soaps and more.

“I just hope the community will back me with this idea.”

Village head-man Eroni Molaucake said the business will benefit the community in so many ways.

“I can’t really express how grateful I am today.

“This is a huge milestone for us,” he said.

The programme concluded with a short talanoa session.

n The villagers requested for roads, water and electricity which were the major problems they have been facing.

They were guaranteed by the Authorities that construction works will be starting very soon.

However, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama advised the authorities to look into the matter seriously and to ensure that the works are done.

This also includes the need for the construction of their sea wall.

n There was a concern raised by the ladies on the plastic levy.

Mr Bainimarama said, the plastic levy is being established to discourage plastic usage.

He also encourages ladies to sew shopping bags and sell as it could also be another way to get money.

Feedback: selita.bolanavanu@fijisun.com.fj

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