Fiji Time: 2:10 PM on Friday 29 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Cocoa revival on track

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, April 28, 2014

THE people of Nabalabala, Ra, are determined to bring back cocoa as the number one business in the region.

The village in the Tokaimalo district was once known for cocoa farming in the 1970s. Business came to a stop because of the poor cocoa prices paid to farmers.

A new initiative undertaken by the International Trade Centre and the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council will allow farmers to sell their produce to an exporter at prices ranging from $6 and $7 per kg.

Village headman Mario Keni said the new initiative would assist the villagers.

He said many families were struggling to cope with the high cost of daily living.

"This cocoa farming business was assisting us a lot in the 1970s when it started," Mr Keni said.

"We relied on it a lot because we were making good money out of it but everything turned bad when middlemen and agents started to cheat us on cocoa prices.

"When this happened, the villagers just had no hope at all in engaging themselves with the business and this was the reason it died down slowly."

On Thursday the villagers were engaged in a workshop by the ITC. ITC facilitator Mere Naivelo reassured the villagers that they need not take their produce again to the markets or look for middlemen as an arrangement had been made for an exporter would come straight to their homes.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Last lot to Rio
  2. 'Complete waste'
  3. Sevens unite
  4. Execs at loggerheads
  5. Edible bamboo import
  6. Farmers submit proposal
  7. $12.5m for minors
  8. Qiliho assures safety
  9. Fearless Riwai
  10. Agents of change

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  8. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  9. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)