Fijian Government Grants $FJ1 Million to Fiji GingerNovember 2017
For more information, contact: Sam Jennings, The Ginger People, [email protected]
July 25, 2017: At its first ginger symposium on July 18, 2017, Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture confirmed a $FJ1 million budget to support the Fijian ginger industry. The funds will be used for land preparation, seed and organic farming for the 2018 crop. Planting will begin next month.
This allocation of budget will support both new and existing small-hold farmers and will also help strengthen the supply chain. Farmers are likely to start applying for this budget support as early as next week. The Ginger People, a vertically integrated ginger supplier based in California, purchases over 40% of Fiji’s fresh ginger production.
“We are committed to help build the Fiji ginger industry,” says Ginger People Group President, Bruce Leeson. “We partner with farmers in a select number of regions in the world and we consider Fiji our crown jewel.”
Since the 1950s, Fiji has been exporting ginger and in the 1980s it became the second largest agricultural export after sugar. With one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, nutrient-rich soil and natural irrigation from tropical rainfall, it’s hardly surprising that Fiji produces some of the world’s purest ginger.