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Agriculture ministry looks to grow coconut industry

Senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture led by Minister Inia Seruiratu visited coconut planting industries during an official visit to the Philippines. The Hon Mr. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development & National Disaster Management and a team of senior officials recently visited Coconut Planting industries during an official visit to the Philippines […]

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September 16, 2015 9:01 pm

Senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture led by Minister Inia Seruiratu visited coconut planting industries during an official visit to the Philippines.

Minister Seruiratu on tour at a processing plant in Luzon, Phillipines.  Photo: Department of Information.
Minister Seruiratu on tour at a processing plant in Luzon, Phillipines. Photo: Department of Information.

The Hon Mr. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development & National Disaster Management and a team of senior officials recently visited Coconut Planting industries during an official visit to the Philippines from 8 – 12 September 2015.

The purpose of the visit was to sign a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fiji and the Philippines, providing a framework for the relevant government agencies in both countries to cooperate in several aspects of the development of the Coconut Industry.

In addition, the delegation visited the Coconut Plantation to study the species development and inter-cropping alternatives and visit coconut products processing facilities.

On Wednesday 9 September 2014, Minister Seruiratu toured several coconut processing facilities in the Bataganus and Laguna province.

One such processing plant, is the Primex Group of Companies, in Luzon, Philippines. This company started in 1991 and its aim is to produce tons of world class high grade quality coconut products for the world.

The Minister and his delegation toured a modern coconut processing plant which specializes in several products for exports namely, Desiccated Coconut, Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk Powder and Banana Chips.

“This exposure to how a country like the Philippines has developed and is developing its coconut industry, provides the Fiji Coconut Industry developers, farmers and government salient lessons, as we take steps to transition our own coconut industry to be competitive in export trade and provide our rural farmers good income from their labour,” Minister Seruiratu said.

Source: Fijian Government

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