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Scope for growth

Shayal Devi
Friday, May 23, 2014

THERE is scope for growth of organic farming in Fiji.

BioGro New Zealand's audit manager Jared White made the comment during a workshop held at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

"I think I'd like to see more development of the organic sector as a whole," said Mr White.

"This will be really positive for the country and it's part of the growing food production worldwide, mainly driven by consumer demand.

"There are a lot of health and environmental benefits should large scale organic farming be introduced in Fiji."

The company, which is New Zealand's largest organic certifier, held the workshop for 20 local food growers and producers.

"We are running this organic certification workshop for growers and NGOs and processors who are interested in becoming certified organic farmers.

"This is to also inform people about the process of certification and what it means, the costs involved and issues that they might have.

"BioGro operates in countries across the Pacific and we have been in Fiji in the past. We still have clients here who are interested in growing organic produce so Fiji is developing in that regard as well."

He said many people, particularly farmers, wanted to know the costs associated with organic farming.

"The other one that comes up is market access, which is aimed at helping producers. I know there are some biosecurity issues with products from Fiji being shipped to other countries along with some regulatory issues which people, particularly farmers and producers need to be aware of."

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