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Award Encourages Buksh To Expand Business

All the challenges I faced while running the business and now receiving this award makes me as proud as it shows that I overcame the challenges.
01 Mar 2020 14:34
Award Encourages Buksh To Expand Business
Fiji Develoment Bank National SME Awards Risk Conscious SME Award winner, Salim Buksh of Organic Valley at Grand Pacific Hotel on February 28, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

First time award winner Salim Buksh appeared the happiest person at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva as he was announced the Risk Conscious Small and Medium Enterprise Awards (SME) of the Year award winner.

Mr Buksh owns Organic Valley, the biggest broiler contract shed in Fiji.

A smiling, Mr Buksh said winning such an award made him proud and extremely happy.

“All the challenges I faced while running the business and now receiving this award makes me as proud as it shows that I overcame the challenges.

“I am more organised, all my hard work has been paid off and especially my workers, they are always been up to speed with their work, my family and friends, they are always standing by me and I am very happy,” he said.

Challenges

He said one of his main challenge was the damage done during Cyclone Winston but it did not deter him from striving his business to success.

“I started with 10,000 chickens and the farm was devastated during Cyclone Winston so I decided to rebuild and ensured that it was Cyclone resilient.

“I built a disaster resilient, insured, automated shed which has the capacity to house 45,000 chickens.

“Organic Valley looks after the chickens from day old to maturity, once matured it is then taken to Roster Poultry, processed and directly supplied to the supermarkets,” he said.

Performance wise, Mr Buksh says Organic Valley has been doing well and with the automatic shed, productivity and profit has increased. Organic Valley currently employs 22 staff.

Award encourages Buksh

Mr Buksh also said winning the award was a form of encouragement for his business plans.

“Next step is to grow the business further because the award gives me a lot of encouragement not only for me but to the farmers of Fiji in being recognised for their business.

“It also encourages me to venture into other business as well.

He dedicates the award to his family, friends, staff of Organic Valley and Roster Poultry.

The Risk Conscious SME of the Year Award was sponsored by Sun Insurance.

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj


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