Opportunities from increasing international demand for ginger

THERE is no denying that ginger is among the fastest growing commodities in international trade, says Commissioner Central Division, Setareki Tale.

“And with Fiji ginger among the best in terms of qualities, it presents an opportunity to expand local ginger production to capitalise on the increasing demand,” Mr Tale said.

The Commissioner Central made the comments at the ginger symposium held for the Central Division at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

He said Government had quite earlier on recognised the potential of ginger and its prospects for earning income, providing food security and also employment.

“Government’s commitment to the industry is demonstrated by its increasing investment in the sector from no allocation at all in 2011 to $1 million in the coming financial year, 2017-2018,” he said.

Mr Tale said the whole idea about the symposium was to get farmers and stakeholders to exchange their experiences and share their knowledge to increase ginger production in the Central Division.

“I think that with the increasing international demand for ginger, there is every possibility of our ginger exports overtaking yaqona and taro; I’m pretty certain that somewhere in the near future, if we continue with the current trend and with the continued Government focus and investment in ginger, it will be up there with yaqona and taro,” Mr Tale said.

The Commissioner Central said ginger cultivation had been centred primarily in the Central Division in the provinces of Rewa, Talilevu, Naitasiri, Serua and Namosi spilling over to parts of Ra, Lomaiviti Cicia in Lau and organic ginger farming in Wainunu, Bua.

“I encourage the Ministry of Agriculture to look into the potential for ginger cultivation in other areas of Fiji, so that they too might benefit from the high economic returns from ginger farming.”

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