Fiji Time: 3:31 PM on Tuesday 28 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

System to ensure premium products

Torika Tokalau
Monday, May 19, 2014

FOUR groups of 16 vegetable farmers on Viti Levu are a part of a pilot project in the Participant Guarantee System (PGS), which mordernises agriculture to provide reliable, consistent and quality produce to resorts.

Under the PGS project, which is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the groups from Koronivia, Qereqere, Narata and Nawamagi villages aim to produce premium products such as tomatoes for a premium price.

"The project, although overseen by PGS, is completely owned by villagers themselves," PGS consultant Dr Rob Erskine-Smith said.

"It is run by the farmers and the aim is to produce bulk products together so they have the right quantity at the right time to supply to resorts and other buyers."

Dr Erskine-Smith said to practise PGS, a group of farmers form a company and run their farm business as members. The group consists of a president, secretary and treasurer.

The company is then owned equally by members and profits are paid to members according to the produce they supply.

"The training phase has been completed and now the farmers are into the practical side of things."





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 0.61720.5982
JPY 58.881855.8818
GBP 0.30370.2957
EUR 0.42650.4145
NZD 0.72210.6891
AUD 0.65400.6290
USD 0.47530.4583

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Dad dies, kids worry
  2. Distraught mum recalls promise
  3. Ministry suspends teacher over alleged assault
  4. Police investigate trio's death
  5. Truck takes a dip
  6. Poor continue to suffer
  7. Scholarship assistance
  8. Call to recognise, grow town into a city
  9. Attempts to salvage stranded vessel unsuccessful
  10. FSC to re-look at OHS

Top Stories this Week

  1. Beaten up Wednesday (22 Jul)
  2. Not guilty of rape Wednesday (22 Jul)
  3. Nightmare Thursday (23 Jul)
  4. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  5. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  6. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  7. Tough battle Wednesday (22 Jul)
  8. Where's the money Friday (24 Jul)
  9. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  10. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)