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$10m in six months

Luke Rawalai
Friday, February 23, 2018

THE Wairiki Pine Chip mill generated a revenue of $10.4 million during the past six months.

Divisional forestry officer North Tevita Bulai said this year, nine more ships of pine chips were expected to leave Bua for Japan.

Mr Bulai said the first shipload of chips left the Wairiki Port last month.

"We are expecting two shipments to arrive in April and another in May," he said.

"The Minister for Forests, Osea Naiqamu, decided to visit pine landowners in Lekutu today (yesterday) to sit with them and thank them for their efforts last year.

"At the same time it is also a good time for him to talk to the landowners and the various stakeholders on their plans to fulfil the requirements for the nine shipments assigned this year.

Speaking during his visit yesterday, Mr Naiqamu thanked pine landowners, lauding the efforts of their forefathers for their foresight in giving their land to Fiji Pine Ltd to benefit the future generations.

"I understand that there are differences that may arise at times but the solution to our differences is to find a common ground and talk things out," he said.

"I want to reassure you as landowners that Fiji Pine belongs to you as an important shareholder."

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