Fijian ginger farmers will soon be able to tap into the under-supplied certified organic ginger market. This will be made possible under a partnership agreement signed yesterday between Australia’s Market Development Facility (MDF) and Vinaka Farm in Vakabalea, Navua. Under this agreement, MDF will support Vinaka Farm with several initiatives, including providing farmers with training on how to farm ginger on a commercial scale and maintaining the documentation required for organic certification.
Vinaka Farm director Lily Liu: “This collaboration has come at an ideal time as it will provide us with the support and resources to ensure quality control throughout the organic ginger supply chain. By working together, we can increase the volumes of Fijian ginger entering premium markets like Australia and, in turn, boost the economy and improve livelihoods for Fijian farmers.”
In 2022, Vinaka Farm exported 25 tons of fresh ginger to Australia after meeting the Ministry of Agriculture and Australian biosecurity requirements and it is anticipated.