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Minister's visit pleases exporter

Jone Kalouniviti
Monday, February 10, 2014

TWO-time award winning export company Maqere Exporters Ltd is happy with the government's proactive approach towards the agriculture sector.

Operations manager Mohammed Jamal said they were surprised when Agriculture Minister Colonel Inia Seruiratu turned up at their packing house last week.

"He came to get an update on our operations after the floods, so we were very happy he came," Mr Jamal said.

"Things have been slow after the floods, but I think it could have been worse for the farmers if the Ba River was not dredged last year."

Mr Jamal said he was concerned that many farmers from Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi to Sigatoka depended on the company to make a living.

"So, if the weather is bad, we cannot procure the best from our farmers, and we cannot produce the six to 10 containers of vegetable and seafood we are expected to ship every week," he added.