Savusavu copra farmers receive de-husking and de-shelling machines

Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy speaks with a Savusavu copra farmer at the event this morning. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

MINISTER for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy this morning gifted Savusavu copra farmers with a de-husking and a de-shelling  machines.

In commissioning the event at Copra Miller’s of Fiji Ltd’s base, Dr Reddy said the machines would certainly ease the work load of husking and shelling coconuts in copra farms.

“The Fijian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture is fully committed to rehabilitation and strengthening the coconut industry.

“Part of this work is to vigorously promote replacement ting of senile plantation s and to strengthen the marketing of coconut based products for domestic and export markets.”

Dr Reddy said to address marketing issues, Government in consultation with the Coconut Board of Fiji facilitated the formation of Copra Miller’s Fiji Limited in 1985.

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