According to Agriculture Minister Mahendra Reddy, Fiji can potentially reduce its fresh produce import bill by $24.1 million. Dr Reddy says more than $38 million is spent on importing fresh produce annually. He says they are now focusing on resources to help grow specific high potential items locally.
“In 2017 a study on fresh produce demand from Fiji hotels and resorts by IFC World Bank Group reported that 52 percent of the demand for fresh produce from Fiji’s main tourism areas is met by imported items such as meat, seafood, dairy products, and vegetables.”
Through a new program, the Ministry will now establish links between hotels and farmers to increase the supply of local fresh produce.