FIJI should keep the momentum of investing in the spices industry. And the authorities should equally work with spice farmers like other crop farmers in Fiji.
"Spices were introduced way back in Fiji by the Agriculture Ministry, brought into (the then) Naduruloulou Research Station and why didn't we keep the momentum?" Spices of Fiji operations manager George Hazelman asked.
He said Fiji was producing 5000 tonnes of vanilla, which today, "we are lucky if we get 200kg".
"And now, we are trying to play catch up," he said. "We need to have a fraction of the money that is given to other commodities in order to succeed."
Spices, he said was different from other crops. "For the spices, you plant once and you harvest for the next 10 to 15 years. Secondly, it grows above the ground. You don't have to worry much about the grass, less work."