Plans in place to revitalize the Cocoa industry
May 17, 2018 6:57 pm
In its efforts to inspire emerging and encourage existing cocoa farmers in the country, the government has announced an increase in the cocoa revitalization program from $300,000 in 2014 to $550,000 in the current financial year.
This was highlighted during the Cocoa day launch, by Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, David Kolitagane at a special occasion in Korovou, Tailevu to appreciate the commitment by industry stakeholders, farmers, suppliers and processors.
Cocoa was first planted in Fiji in the Tailevu, Naitasiri and Cakaudrove provinces after World War II and later on in parts of Ra, Nadroga/Navosa.
Kolitagane noted that demand for cocoa has increased recently with the current market price rising to $10/kg from $6/kg.
He said the 2018 Cocoa Day Celebration will inspire current and potential Cocoa growers to share knowledge, build new networks and strengthen traditional ties amongst Cocoa growers so that the Cocoa Industry becomes a key contributor to our GDP.
The theme for this year’s Cocoa day celebration is “LET US REVIVE FIJI’s COCOA INDUSTRY”.