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Festival promotes food security and diversity

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, November 22, 2012

FIJIANS need to learn to use the same crop in a variety of ways to maximise food security in the country.

This was one of the main aims of the Indonesian food festival at the Civic Centre in Suva yesterday.

Indonesian Ambassador Chandra Salim said the festival was a display of culture and an exchange of knowledge between Fiji and his country. "Fiji has an abundance of food crops but they are not being exploited enough. They need to be used to their maximum advantage," he said.

Mr Salim drew particular attention to cassava, which he said had more nutritious value that was not being used by many in Fiji.

"I noticed that the skin of the cassava as well as the leaves are not used in cooking here. We want to show that these are some of the most nutritious parts of the crop."

Indonesians use the whole cassava from the leaves to the flesh and even use cassava peelings for crisps.

"The idea is to have a variety of dishes from a single crop, as this not only increases food quantity and quality but also strengthen food security," he said.