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Fire Claims Copra Shed, Dryer

The damage caused by the fire was estimated at $200,000, he said.
07 Jun 2021 10:50
Fire Claims Copra Shed, Dryer
This is the story of how a family of Nakorovou village here in Mataso went to extraordinary lengths to find and get back their horse named Pako. They had raised it from the day it was born and their youngest son who had been a Year 8 student of mine last year had given iit's name and in fact had a very special bond with Pako. Earlier this year in March the parents woke up one morning to find it missing. After searching for it for an entire week they still could not find it. By a stroke of luck they were able to find out that their horse had allegedly been sold to the village of Nasavu in the highlands of Ra by a boy who was a very close relative of the family. They reported the matter to the police but they were still worried that they would lose Pako forever so they rented a rental car and went to the village of Nasavu. When they got there they found out that the horse was once again sold to another person but this time in the village of Nasoqo in the province of Naitasiri. They also got to find out that the transaction had just taken place the previous day.They were devastated but never gave up hope. While all this was happening they decided not to tell their youngest son who was now a Year 9 student at a prominent secondary school in Suva because they knew it would affect his studies. They contacted an individual that they knew in the village of Roma which is right next to Nasoqo and he confirmed that a horse fitting the description of Pako was indeed there. They passed all this information to the police and waited patiently hoping that everything would turn out fine. On Thursday this week a police vehicle picked up 3 boys who were close relatives of the family and made their way to the village of Nasoqo via Nadarivatu.The boys were able to get the horse back with the help of the police. They then had the difficult task of bringing the horse from Nasoqo to the village of Roma and then cross over to the village of Nukulau which is the very last village of the province of Ra. The parents and their youngest son again rented a rental car and made their way to Nukulau village to wait for the boys and Pako. Meanwhile the boys who were bringing back the horse almost got lost along the way. They were then invited by a family living out there in their farmhouse to spend the night with them before making their way to the village of Nukulau yesterday. When the family finally met Pako it was a very emotional reunion with tears of joy being shed and their youngest son hugging his horse. They then had to walk with Pako from Nukulau village right up to their village of Nakorovou which in itself is no easy feat. The family is grateful to the Police and the individuals who helped them in getting Pako back.

An early morning blaze damaged Fiji Coconut Millers copra dryer and shed in Savusavu.

The fire on Saturday, broke out at around 4:30am, Fiji Coconut Millers general manager John Deo said.

The damage caused by the fire was estimated at $200,000, he said.

Mr Deo said the building was insured.

He said the damage would affect the drying and manufacturing of crude coconut oil.

“Fortunately, this will not affect exports as the mill has a reserve shipment,” Mr Deo said.

He said the mill would continue to operate, as they had enough crude and coconut oil to last three months.

Fiji Coconut Millers board will meet this week to discuss their plans, given the loss by the fire.

“There is a contingency plan for the collection of the operation and other products,” Mr Deo said.

“Virgin oil and cooking oil will still be manufactured.”

Mr Deo said the company expected business at the shed and dryer to be back in full operation within three months.

The incident is under investigation by the National Fire Authority and the Savusavu Police.

In 2019, Copra Millers of Fiji purchased new machines and upgraded equipment for a new venture.

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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