Government to address critical copra issues: Pillay

Fiji's Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay joins the march of the Word Copra Day in Savusvau last Friday. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fiji's Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay joins the march of the Word Copra Day in Savusvau last Friday. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 1:43PM COCONUTS has had significant importance to the Fijian economy because of its contribution to the cultural, social and economic well-being of most rural communities.

Fiji’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay said it had been proven over the years to be an important source of our livelihood. 

“Currently, we have around 1.2million scattered and planted coconut trees over an area of approximately 21,350 hectares of land mostly under a mixed cropping and livestock farming system,” Mr Pillay said at the World Copra Day event in Savusavu last Friday.

“Government in all its effort is working towards addressing critical issues affecting the copra industry along the value chain to make coconut and its products a lucrative business that can sustain family well-being.”