Find profitable farming methods
27 February, 2018, 10:58 am
Update: 10:58AM TO service the tourist market, farmers or local producers need to find competitive and profitable ways to meet tourism industry demand for volume, quality, regularity and safety requirements.
Fiji Crop and Livestock Council Jiu Daunivalu said this was important in finding linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism, otherwise known as agritourism.
Speaking at the Fiji Agritourism Policy Setting workshop at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay earlier today, Ms Daunivalu extensively highlighted the opportunities and challenges of agritourism in Fiji.
“Hoteliers import large amount of fruits and vegetables due to lack of consistent supply and quality from local producers,” she said.
“About $30million is spent annually on importing food products for the tourism sector that could be grown in Fiji, although 47 per cent of hotel purchases were from local providers,” she said.
“This represents a large market opportunity available to local producers to provide to the specifications of the tourism sector.”
Ms Daunivalu said the ability of local agrifood systems to meet these requirements depends both on agriculture supply factors.