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Indonesia assists cassava chips project

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

THE Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia is working with the Fiji government on the cassava chips project.

The project, which started a year and a half ago, not only focuses on cassava chips but on other varieties of food and preparation such as cake, ice cream among others.

Ambassador Chandra Salim said it also covered other vegetable and fruit crop such as bread fruit, dalo, banana and orange.

"This project started over a year and a half ago. These crops are chosen because they are in abundance in Fiji.

"So we would like to share how Indonesians prepare them in varieties of ways," Mr Salim said.

Providing or enriching people with knowledge on how to prepare dishes in a variety of ways, he said would also enrich the diets in Fiji households.

"The embassy has collaborated with an Indonesian nun and sister as an expert in food nutritionist (temporary visit of two to three years) and the Ministry of Agriculture through the Koronivia Research Centre."

He said the successful rate would be as many as possible household in Fiji and the way they had to reach these household was through the support of the media.

"The objective is to reach a relative level of food security in Fiji by utilising local food crops in varieties of ways in preparing the food."

He said the budget for the project was not significant because the expert was in Fiji.

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest chief economist, Ilimeleki Kaiyanuyanu confirmed the project.


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