Fiji: Hospitality sector imports $17 million worth of fresh fruits annually

The Fijian hospitality sector spends around $74 million on beverages and fruits annually. According to Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy, out of this $74 million, $17 million alone is used for importing fresh fruits, including grapes, oranges, apples, pears and kiwi fruit with $3.8 million of processed fruits as well.

However, Dr Reddy has stated that Fiji has all the relevant resources to plant more local fruit trees which will greatly reduce its import bill. Dr Reddy says farmers play a huge role in the sector as they can help the Ministry reduce its import bill come 2022. He says the Ministry is ready to help farmers with various assistance to help grow the sector and at the same time ensure food security in communities.

Source: fbcnews.com.fj


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