Shine A Light: How Our Mahogany Acquired High Debts

These reforms have helped change things around to safeguard the Fiji mahogany sector and to ensure that landowners and all Fijians receive greater benefits."
20 Mar 2021 11:00
Shine A Light: How Our Mahogany Acquired High Debts
The mahogany plantation in Toberua, Galoa. Photo: Leon Lord

The absence of a stable international mahogany market led to accumulated debt recorded by the Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited (FHCL)  in early 2000.

In 2008, the company had a debt of $20 million. Harvested mahogany timber products had no overseas market at the time. Regardless, under the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) Government, commercial logging operations continued.

Commercial harvesting began in Nukurua, Tailevu, in 2003…to read the full account from our Shine A Light Investigative Reporter and Editor Ivamere Nataro by subscribing to the Fiji Sun e-edition

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