for Navu­nis­areki Log­ging and Prun­ing to help in­crease ex­ports


Lau­toka based Navu­nis­areki Log­ging and Prun­ing Com­pany is now hop­ing to in­vest in new ma­chin­ery thanks to a grant by Govern­ment. The com­pany re­ceived $96,354.89 the past week from the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism un­der the Na­tional Ex­port Strat­egy grant scheme.

It was one of the 11 busi­nesses which re­ceived a grant un­der this scheme the past Fri­day where a to­tal of $1.1 mil­lion was handed out. Com­pany man­ager, Ratu Semisi Leilei, said the grant has lifted an­other bur­den off its shoul­ders and they can now ex­pand their busi­ness. The com­pany en­gages in the ex­port of Joint Tim­ber for floor­ing pur­pose to its cur­rent mar­ket which is in Ja­pan. “The grant from the govern­ment

is very ben­e­fi­cial es­pe­cially for me. I will be able to in­vest and pur­chase a Joint Match­ing Ma­chine for Joint Tim­ber Ex­ports,” Mr Leilei said. Mr Leilei said the im­por­tance of such ini­tia­tives by the Govern­ment to help those who needed to ex­pand their busi­nesses. He fur­ther stressed how this aid would help him move his busi­ness to fur­ther suc­cess. “Af­ter buy­ing the ma­chine, I will be able to fin­ish more joint tim­ber floor­ing at a lesser time com­pared to be­fore,” he said. “This will give me the op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare tim­ber for the lo­cal mar­ket as well and this will def­i­nitely be of help since there is a need for tim­ber in our lo­cal mar­ket now.”

Mr Leilei’s fa­ther has been in the log­ging in­dus­try for al­most 30 years now. He now has one and half years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of fin­ished tim­ber ma­te­ri­als.

The Man­ager for Navu­nis­areki Log­ging and Prun­ing Com­pany, Ratu Semisi Leilei (right), with one of his tim­ber buyer from Ja­pan.

Work­ers in­side the work­shop area at Navu­nis­areki Log­ging and Prun­ing Com­pany, get­ting the fi­nal tim­ber ready for ex­port.

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