Farmers, traders, exporters discuss import substitution

A two-day workshop on developing import substitution on exports of fruit and vegetables and addressing market opportunities opened in Nadi today. The workshop is organised by the Improving Key Services to Agriculture (IKSA) project, implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union (EU).

Participants will discuss factors generating the selection of produce and ingredients, particularly in terms of menu design at Fiji’s resorts; trading of local produce and the ability to meet the demands of resorts, as well as production models used to grow produce for timely and reliable local supply.

Discussions on accessing new export markets, improving the compliance of farmers and exporters through quality controls on exported fruit and vegetables and monitoring of compliance by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and by the Ministry of Agriculture will also be on the agenda.

The Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner said, “The European Union is proud to finance initiatives such as the IKSA project that assists farmers with practical support. To complement the support to improve the supply side of agriculture production, through the enhanced research and extension services for nursery and farmer development, the IKSA project is, through this workshop, addressing the demand side.  Both elements are essential to improve market opportunities for Fiji’s farmers.”

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