16th October 09:38 PM
Fiji to export fresh ginger to Australia
By Swastika Singh
Monday 18/08/2014

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has issued the import condition for fresh ginger from Fiji, officially giving the green light to the Australian ginger importers to begin trade with Fiji.

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji’s Executive Chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said everyone should be proud of this achievement as Fiji will be the first country to export fresh ginger to Australia.

According to Khan, fresh ginger trade with Australia will not only bring substantial benefits for large numbers of farming communities and their families but will also boost Fiji’s ginger exports and bring in more foreign exchange into the country.

He added Fiji currently exports 1,500 tonnes of processed ginger worth more than $6 million annually mainly to New Zealand, Canada and the United States for direct retail market and this additional market will boost the export earnings further providing a significant trade benefit.

The import conditions for fresh ginger from Fiji includes an import permit, approved commodity system approach, certification from Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, mandatory treatment requirements, packaging and labelling details and inspections.

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