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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Thursday, January 05, 2006
Posted 3:03 PM by Luigi
Coconuts in Fiji
Two recent stories on coconuts in Fiji from fijivillage.com.
Dec 16, 2005
Major plans are underway to ensure a complete revival of the ailing coconut industry in Fiji.
According to the Executive Director of the Coconut Industry Development Authority, John Teiwa proposals have been put forward for the drawing up of a 25 year master plan which they hope will be taken up by the Indian government.
Teiwa said CIDA is currently in negotiations with their overseas counterparts, and has managed to secure overseas markets for coconut timber. He said a coconut timber yard is currently being built in Savusavu with machinery and equipment expected to arrive in the country early next year.
However Teiwa said they are now in a major "plant breeding" awareness program with farmers so that they can rehabilitate the current status of trees in the country. He added that they are also conducting trials on coconut oil being used as fuel and also making virgin and extra virgin coconut oil which is fetching huge prices over seas.
Dec 28, 2005
A 20 year plan for the Coconut Industry which aimed at raking in around $120 million dollars annually for the Government is expected to be unveiled next year.
The Coconut Industry Development Authority said that plans are in the pipe-line to secure funding from the Indian government and other overseas investors to revitalize the industry.
According to Executive Director John Teiwa they wish to venture into the health markets overseas in the form virgin and extra virgin coconut oil.
Teiwa said that plans for this new venture are currently being put together and will be introduced next year.
Meanwhile Teiwa adds that trials for the generation of fuel from coconut oil are expected to be completed soon.
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