The Minstry of Agriculture with the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism have partnered with the Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association (FHTA) in the annual tourism trade show HOTEC 2018 to support the use of local produce in Fijian cuisine being offered to visitors to Fiji.
Together it is envisaged that a better understanding of the fresh produce demands for tourism operators will create farmer awareness for varieties, quantities and quality requirements as this has the potential to reduce overseas imports considerably and therefore food costs.
At the same time increased production levels and meeting challenges for wider varieties of local produce can provide farmers with greater economic benefits that would also spread the tourism dollar further in Fiji. A focus on improving the processes from farm to plate will assist all levels of the supply chain.
Through trade shows like HOTEC suppliers, buyers, chefs, farmers and visitors coming to the tradeshow – gain better insight, make more informed decisions, learn new things, help to improve standards and ultimately ensure these networking opportunities grow businesses and the economy
The trade show opened past Thursday and ended on Friday and has already created much excitement with the chefs who were already exchanging information with the farmers and suppliers who had their produce on display.