Agriculture

Ginger farmers need awareness on value chain links

Value chain awareness is critical for ginger farmers to understand the various links in a value chain to take a product such as ginger from the farm to the end consumer. This were the sentiments echoed by the Chief Executive of the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC), Jiu Daunivalu while officiating at the two days […]

Luke Nacei

July 31, 2016 9:48 am

Value chain awareness is critical for ginger farmers to understand the various links in a value chain to take a product such as ginger from the farm to the end consumer.

Ginger Value Chain Workshop, (Pacific Reach Limited)
Ginger Value Chain Workshop, (Pacific Reach Limited)

This were the sentiments echoed by the Chief Executive of the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC), Jiu Daunivalu while officiating at the two days workshop.

A value chain describes the various processes that a commodity goes through from a raw product to when it reaches the consumer.

The workshop was organised by FCLC, and supported and funded by SPC-PAPP (Secretariat of the Pacific Community- Pacific Agriculture Policy Programme) Project, through PIFON (Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation Network).

President of the Fiji Ginger Farmers Association, Josua Raitilava, said that the workshop was an ‘eye opener to the ginger farmers who had little knowledge about value chain links, and the proper use of the land for growing ginger.

RAITILAVA: “Some ginger farmers, for example, have been planting ginger on slopes, but this workshop has taught us that this practice of slope cultivation is not sustainable because of erosion.”

Workshop discussion topics that were covered by PIFON representatives, Andrew McGregor, and facilitator, Livai Tora, included exploring the ginger value chain, understanding the customer, the need for agribusiness, and commercial and environmental sustainability.

The field trips made to ginger farms and ginger processors located in Navua, namely Kaiming, Ranadi Plantation, and Grace Foods, exposed the ginger farmers and stakeholders to export-oriented aspects of the ginger commodity, as well as learning and seeing organic farming practices.

The workshop ended with farmers identifying gaps to be addressed, best farming practices and opportunities to achieve a sustainable supply and income, and meeting the required standards.

There were 31 participants present at the Ginger Value ChainWorkshop. It was held July 20th and 21st.

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