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Drop in production

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, January 04, 2013

COPRA Millers Fiji Limited recorded a 25 per cent drop in their overall copra production last year.

Confirming this, chief executive officer Ilisoni Taoba yesterday said they only produced about 6000 metric tonnes last year as a result of low supply.

"Our mill in Savusavu has a capacity of 24,000 metric tonnes and because of the low copra supply, we were not able to meet the required copra production (capacity of 24,000)," Mr Taoba said.

"Over the years, our production continues to decrease and there is a need for farmers to vigorously replant coconut trees for a more improved supply."

"The highest production was recorded in 1977 where we produced about 30,000 tonnes of copra and we need the support from farmers to restore such achievements," he said.

Mr Taoba added it was only proper for farmers to take the lead role in planting more coconut trees in order to meet the demand in the world market.

Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said the coconut replanting programs were continuing for quite some time now.

He said most farmers had deviated from copra farming because of the high transportation and freight cost.

Meanwhile, Mr Taoba said the copra mill in Savusavu was temporarily closed last year for maintenance work.





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