ACIAR begins visit to Fiji project sites

The ACIAR team visited Kaiming Agro Processing factory in Navua. Picture: ATU RASEA

The ACIAR team visited Kaiming Agro Processing factory in Navua. Picture: ATU RASEA

Update: 4:03PM THE Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Commission team began their visits today to some of ACIAR?s local projects in Navua, which included visits to Kaimings ginger processing factory and the Galoa Brackishwater Aquaculture Centre.

Australian High Commissioner John Feakes, who was part of the team, said: “ACIAR is about sharing Australian agricultural expertise with our close partners, in this case, Fiji.”

“It’s about lifting agricultural productivity in all the country in which it operates; provide an improvement in the livelihoods in particular of smallholders, whether they are smallholder farmers or smallholder fishers.”

He said this was the first time CEO Professor Andrew Campbell had brought his board, which was the commission, and his policy advisers to the Pacific to see first-hand the work that ACIAR was doing there.

The 23-member delegation was met and briefed by Kaiming Qiu, owner of Kaiming Agro Processing factory, and principal fisheries officer Shailendra Singh at the Galoa fish hatchery.

Mr Feakes acknowledged the support of the Fijian Government for ACIAR’s work in Fiji, especially the support of Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu.