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Rewa Dairy goes project green

Reijeli Kikau
Saturday, September 11, 2010

A GREEN Productivity Development project will allow Rewa Co-operative Dairy Company to send its staff to undergo training overseas or have overseas specialists visit their factory, says TPAF Director General Jone Usamate.

Speaking at the signing of the project between the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) and Rewa Dairy on Thursday, he said whatever Rewa Dairy would learn from such projects could be passed on to others.

"It will allow Rewa Dairy to have specialists in that project come in to see their factory or some of their staff taken abroad to learn more from the project," he said.

Rewa Dairy Chief Executive Ratu Savenaca Seniloli said it would allow them to impart their knowledge to farmers and stakeholders.

"With this new project we are looking at ways to improve the way we do things and become more environmentally-friendly especially with the use of fuel," he said.

Mr Usamate said TPAF, in its capacity as the National Productivity Organisation (NPO) would encourage companies to implement demonstration projects in factories, farms, communities etc that aimed to demonstrate empirically that environmental protection and productivity improvement could be profitably harmonised.

"In these projects clear emphasis and focus has been placed on water-related issues such as efficient use of water and waste water management.

"At Rewa Dairy, certain areas have been identified, which would be worked on as GPD project. These are energy efficiency in boiler and greenhouse gas emission reduction," he said.

He said through these GPD projects, there would be benefits related to minimisation of diesel consumption, improvement of overall equipment efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emission.

Meanwhile, GPDP is an integrated approach which addresses the concerns of policy makers and the realities faced by the producers. It is characterised by integrated people-based approach, productivity improvement, environmental compliance and information-driven improvement.

GPDP techniques are methods of improvement or work improvement, applicable to people, processes, equipment, materials, energy, products and waste.