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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Fiji needs to widen its agricultural export base

Fiji needs to diversity its agricultural export base rather than relying on traditional exports such as sugar. The comment was made by a senior agricultural officer.

The officer said more attention needed to be given to other products such as duruka and taro given that the demand for these products were very high overseas as a result of the high proportion of Fijian and Pacific Islands populations in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The officer said that most produce could be exported, however, the only thing that local producers needed to work on was the quality of exports to ensure its marketability.

The comments were made at a good quality standards workshop held in Suva Monday, 5 February 2007.

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At 8:12 PM, Blogger Pandabonium said...

Perhaps, rather than just finding other exports, Fiji needs to also (note I said "also" not "instead of") find ways to be more self-sufficient. What is the point of fishing then selling the fish to buy canned mackerel? (I refer to a post by Wendy on Babasiga about just that).

Hawaii has been buying dalo for some time with which they make "poi", as Hawaii does not grow enough of its own "taro" (dalo) to meet demand.

Coconut production could be turned to provide bio-diesel for local use, which would replace imported fossil fuel, rather than be a cheap export of copra or oil for soap and cooking. Vanuatu has been doing this.

Just food for thought, material for further consideration.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Gilbert Veisamasama, Jr said...

Many thanks, Pandamonium, for your comments. Keep them coming!


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