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Fisher Explains How 163 Ginger Farmers Benefitted From 60% Per KG Increase Sale Thanks To Agri-Value Chain Programme

“Baby ginger farmers are thus assisted and connected to a guaranteed market which then allows them to access highly concessional bank loans from FDB and technical assistance more readily, he said.
31 Jan 2022 14:21
Fisher Explains How 163 Ginger Farmers Benefitted From 60% Per KG Increase Sale Thanks To Agri-Value Chain Programme

Thanks to an agri-value chain programme, 163 ginger farmers were last year able to earn $1.60 per kg from their produce compared to the $1 per kg in previous years.

This has been enabled through the United Kingdom Trade Partnership Programme (UKTP) implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Lagi Fisher, the Agri Value Finance Consultant for the programme, has been working closely with industry stakeholders to secure a niche market for the export of baby ginger during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time in five years, the first cropping season supported by the UKTP Fiji project, both processors/exporters were able to meet their required raw baby ginger quota.

“The aim of the UKTP/Fiji project is to increase baby ginger production, processing and export through agricultural value chain financing,” Mr Fisher said.

“Baby ginger farmers are thus assisted and connected to a guaranteed market which then allows them to access highly concessional bank loans from FDB and technical assistance more readily, he said.

“More than $1 million loan proceeds were released directly to baby gingers farmers to cover for regular baby ginger expenses including land preparation, purchase of seed materials, purchase of manure, labour cost and other farm related costs.”

 

Mr Fisher outlined that the project intervention includes (not limited):

  • Strengthening relationships between baby ginger farmers and processors/exporters by way of market orientations,
  • Value chain awareness and formalisation of supply contracts.

Through the programme, 163 baby ginger farmers were engaged through the signing of supply contracts with two local processors/exporters – FreshPac Ginger PTE Ltd and Kaiming Agro Processing Ltd.

“In parallel, the project also provides tailored technical assistance to baby gingers farmers and exporters that includes,” Mr Fisher said.

 

About programme partners

The UK Trade Partnerships Programme (UKTP) is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) over three years across 24 countries including Fiji.

“It supports countries to transition, implement and benefit from Economic Partnership Agreements. ITC delivers technical assistance and capacity building,” Mr Fisher said.

“The UKTP programme relates to UK’s commitment to support partners to effectively implement and maximise the benefits of the EPAs.

“This both under the EU EPAs and in anticipation of the implementation of the replicated UK EPAs as the UK exits the EU.

“UKTP will measure its impact in two ways: (1) increased value of trade between EPA partner countries and UK and EU markets and (2) increase in quality jobs supported through trade between EPA countries and the UK and EU.”

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