Fiji imports $3.2m worth of food monthly for tourists: Study

Fiji spends about $3.2 million a month on imported food for our tourists, a study has revealed. Picture: FT FILE

FIJI spends about $3.2 million a month on imported food for our tourists, a study has revealed.

The study — From the farm to the tourist’s table – A study of fresh produce demand from Fiji’s hotels and resorts — revealed that Fiji’s import bill for meat, seafood, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and packaged juice was more than $38.5m annually or $3.2m a month.

Launched yesterday at the Grand Pacific Hotel, the report said Fiji could reduce this cost by $24m by focusing resources on growing or producing specific, high potential fresh produce items locally.

But the demand for imported food by tourists is just a fraction of what the country’s demand is — $794.9m annually

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